Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee
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The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is an annual hot air balloon festival held in the city of Jackson, Michigan, United States. This is a family-friendly event that aims to contribute to the Jackson community by providing affordable, quality entertainment.

The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee was founded in 1983 by a group of hot air balloon enthusiasts who lived in and around Jackson. They wanted to create a new event for the Jackson community that will feature unique attractions. The inaugural festival took place in 1984 and was an immediate success. The festival has been held every July since its inception. Over the years, it has grown to become a premier summer event that attracts thousands of people.

The main focus of the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is obviously the hot air balloons. Every festival features 25 to 30 balloons from around the United States. Pilots come to Jackson to showcase their skills and participate in friendly contests. The balloons are launched twice a day weather permitting, at 6.30 am and at 6.30 pm.

Alongside morning and evening launches, the festival hosts spectacular night glows where balloons perform a choreographed routine against the night sky, illuminated by their burners. Unfortunately, the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee does not offer paid balloon rides to attendees due to a number of reasons such as licensing, insurance, the limited number of balloons and unpredictable weather. Balloon rides are only offered to sponsors who donate $1,000 and more as a thank you.

Of course, hot air balloons aren’t everything the festival has to offer. There are plenty events and activities for the whole family. Some of the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee’s main highlights include an Auto Show, the Kids Kingdom, craft booths, the Hurst Planetarium, the Mini Golf Course, Ella Sharp Museum, vendors, carnival, concerts, and more. All events take place in Ella Sharp Park in downtown Jackson.

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

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