Despite the current pandemic, one of Alabama’s most popular events, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, will take place this month in a heavily modified form.
Due to Alabama's social distancing requirements, the 43rd Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic will be a limited, one-day-only event on Saturday, May 23, 2020, on Memorial Day Weekend.
On Saturday, May 23, local balloon pilots will launch from different locations throughout Decatur and Morgan County in a non-competitive flight at 6:30 a.m. If the weather is unsuitable, the events may take place on Sunday, May 24.
Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m., balloons will, again, fly from locations around Decatur and Morgan County.
Please note that at the request of the Morgan County / City of Decatur COVID Task force we will NOT be glowing the balloons and we ask that all non-affiliated personnel NOT approach the balloons and observe all social distancing rules. We will be unable to provide tethered rides due to these restrictions.
The festival’s usual car, tractor and arts and crafts shows will not take place this year, and no vendors will be available. No events will occur at Point Mallard.
A second one-day event may take place later this summer. Check Alabama Jubilee social media pages on Facebook and Instagram, and web page (www.alabamajubilee.net) for information on the May 23 event and any upcoming events.
The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic is the largest balloon race in Alabama. Now in our 41st year, we feature 60 balloons from around the country flying 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) over the Memorial Day weekend. Alabama Jubilee also features: food & merchandise vendors, live music, arts & crafts show, classic car show, tractor show. Free to the public 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., every Memorial Day Weekend. Free. May 23, 2020