Spirit in America Hot Air Balloon Festival

June 14, 2010


Get ready to kick off the summer right with the “Spirit in America Hot Air Balloon Festival” presented by The Brunswick and Palace Playland, June 24th through June 27th, right here in Old Orchard Beach, Maine! 

Take an elegant ride over Maine’s most beautiful beach, experiencing breathtaking views of the Pier, palace Playland, and the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean, all from 500 feet over the soft sand and crashing waves.

Though recreational flights have been the primary use for hot air balloons, they also have been used in the military. Initially used as a form of communication, during the Civil War hot air balloons were used as a tool for aerial mapping and reconnaissance missions.

The first manned hot air balloon ride occurred over 200 years ago in Paris, France as Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent d’Arlandes floated up into the cool fall sky in a balloon created by Joseph-Michel Montolfier and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier.  Before this first manned ride, animals were often sent up to test how the tear drop shape balloons would fly. Now, hot air balloons can be made in different types of materials, shapes, and sizes.

This festival will be a four day weekend of family fun, starting on Thursday the 24th. The weekend will kick off with a Beach Blanket dance featuring Tickle at The Brunswick, followed by romantic sunset balloon rides on both sides of the Pier.  To end the night, the first fireworks of the season will be launched!!! Is there a better way to welcome the summer on Old Orchard Beach?!

The balloon rides will continue all weekend long, starting at sunrise all the way until sunset.  Friday morning, Old Orchard Square will host the Stars and Stripes Bazaar where you can be sure to find everything for your summer needs.  That evening, the town square will change its hat and host the “Burger Blast,” a competition for the best burger at the beach!  The Bazaar will continue on Saturday morning, followed by a Lobster Bake on the Beach. For more details and a complete schedule of events check out OOB 365.

Rooms available starting at $159.95 at Waves Oceanfront Resort or $98 at The Sea View Inn.