Experience the Thrill of Hot Air Balloons this Memorial Day Weekend

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DECATUR- Prepare for a spectacular sight as more than 50 vibrant hot-air balloons take to the skies above Decatur, Ala., during the highly anticipated annual Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic. This iconic event, marking its 47th year, promises an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend on May 25-26, 2024, at Point Mallard Park.

The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic has become a beloved tradition for many, offering a weekend filled with excitement both on the ground and in the air. Festivities kick off at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, with the exhilarating hound and hare balloon race, where pilots compete to hit a target set by the lead balloon.

Saturday also features the 50th annual Point Mallard Auto Expo, showcasing classic vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show, located on the Point Mallard soccer fields, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, the Southland Flywheelers will display beautifully restored tractors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tractor games and a pedal tractor park for young children. The day concludes with an enchanting Balloon Glow at 8:15 p.m.

On Sunday, May 26, catch the Lynn Layton Chevrolet Key Grab and enjoy more balloon activities starting at 7 a.m. The Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show reopens from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering ample time for festivalgoers to browse handmade treasures. The festivities continue with another balloon fun flight at 6:30 p.m., followed by live music at 7 p.m. and the grand finale, the Alabama Jubilee Fireworks Spectacular, at 9:30 p.m.

Admission to the Alabama Jubilee is free thanks to our sponsors, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for optimal comfort. Please note that pets are strongly discouraged due to the loud noises associated with balloon activities.

All balloon activities are subject to weather conditions. Point Mallard Park adheres to FAA regulations as a “No-Drone Zone” during the Alabama Jubilee. Join us at Point Mallard Park, a sprawling 750-acre municipal park in Decatur, Ala., for a weekend of family-friendly fun and adventure. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.alabamajubilee.net.

Media Release/Danielle Gibson, President & CEO/Decatur Morgan County Tourism, Inc.

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