Always held the weekend before Memorial Day, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, Alabama, offers top flight fun and entertainment. The Jubilee’s entertainment is centered on 60+ colorful balloons filling Point Mallard Park and as festivalgoers enjoy the majestic beauties, additional entertainment comes from live music, tractors, arts and crafts, fireworks and other free family fun.
The Memorial Day celebration begins bright and early on Saturday at 6 a.m. with the Hare and Hound Balloon Race. Saturday’s activities include an antique car show, live music and the popular Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show. The Southland Flywheelers hosts a tractor show featuring some of the best restored and maintained tractors in the Southeast, engine demonstrations, a tractor parade, pedal tractor pull, and tractor games. At dusk, the Balloon Glow is a must see as towering balloons of all colors light up Point Mallard Park.
Another round of friendly competition between the pilots is scheduled for Sunday at 6 a.m. with the Hot-Air Balloon Key Grab Race. For those missing out on shopping on Saturday, the Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and anyone who would like to experience the magic of a balloon ride, free tethered rides are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The two-day event concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.
Free parking is available at Wolverine Park on Point Mallard Parkway with shuttle service to Point Mallard Park for $1/person, per way. Admission to the Alabama Jubilee is free. All balloon activities are weather permitting. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.