Hot Air Balloons Take to Alabama’s Skies over Memorial Day Weekend

Ready for some high-flying fun this Memorial Day Weekend? We’ve got just the thing!

The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic is your chance to see dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky above Decatur, AL.

Hot Air Balloons Take to Alabama's Skies over Memorial Day Weekend
Courtesy of Decatur/Morgan County Tourism

Up, up and away!

The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic will take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26, at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. Admission to the festival is FREE!

Decatur, AL, is about 3.5 hours from Atlanta, making it perfect for a weekend getaway.

In its 47th year, this iconic event has become a beloved tradition for many, offering a weekend filled with excitement both on the ground and in the air. You can expect to see more than 50 hot air balloons during the Jubilee.

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.

And there’s so much more!

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 and parking at the Alabama Jubilee is FREE 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. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.alabamajubilee.net.

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Hot Air Balloons Take to Alabama's Skies over Memorial Day Weekend