National Balloon Ascension Day - January 9
Mon Jan 9th

National Balloon Ascension Day

On January 9th, commemorates the first balloon flight in the United States in 1793.

Jean Pierre Blanchard, the French aeronaut, took flight over the Walnut Street Prison in Philadelphia in front of a large audience. He ascended in a hydrogen gas balloon, a common balloon at the time. George Washington was there at the launch of the balloon as well. In Americans, ballooning reignited in that day.

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However, over time, more than hot air balloons also flew in the skies. Several new styles of balloons emerged over the next 100 years. The skies were filled with hydrogen and cigar-shaped Airships. They were also called blimps, which was also known as blimps. These balloons were directional flight and speed thanks to their engines.

Passers were carried by large airships with cabins by the 20th century. The gas-filled giants that had remained from the skies for a long time. Tragedies like the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937, where over a third of the 97 passengers died when the airship caught fire helped to usher in a new age.

Hot air ballooning is enjoyed from both the ground and the air today. It's also a scientific instrument for weather and other research.

How to celebrate #balloonascensionday on a scensionday?

Plan a trip to a hot air balloon festival. There are around 30 balloon festivals to choose from in the United States. Go to one or go to them all. TownAndTourist has a complete list. Be sure to post your photos and experiences if you've been ballooning. It's sure a sight to see. balloonists certainly make an eyeful from the planning to the spectacular launches. And of course, memories for a lifetime. It's a great way to #CelebrateEveryDay and be a part of the Celebration Nation. Be sure to post using #BalloonAscensionDay on social media.

Balloon FAQ

Q. Where is the country's biggest balloon festival?

A. The International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the country's biggest balloon festival.

Q. How can I find balloon festivals near me?

A. has a worldwide balloon festival. has a balloon festival.

Q. Do I have to be licensed to fly a hot air balloon?

A. Yes. Yes. Pilot's license or an airman's certificate is required for pilots.

I'm afraid of heights. Would I like hot air ballooning?

A. To appreciate the majesty and beauty of a hot air balloon, you don't have to fly in a hot air balloon. It's a thrilling experience to see their vibrant colors against a brisk blue backdrop. Some balloonists will also provide tetherless balloon rides. These rides allow passengers to ride up to 100 feet while still being tied to the ground by an anchor. This experience may be more to your liking.