Balloons will decorate the sky on Thursday, July 3 for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race at the Celebrate America Balloon Glow.
Balloons will decorate the sky on Thursday, July 3 for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race at the Celebrate America Balloon Glow.
Good music, beautiful hot air balloons, and spectacular fireworks will again provide an evening's entertainment for the entire family at this year's Celebrate America Balloon Glow. Our newest Presenting Sponsor, Barksdale Cadillac and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks are proud to present this annual Independence Day tradition. The twenty-fourth annual celebration will take place on July 4 at Northpark Mall's balloon glow field, with plenty of parking around the mall for the thousands who gather each year.

The Celebrate America Balloon Glow, the opening event of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Canton, provides the opportunity to witness twenty hot air balloons of all colors twinkle and glow in the dusk of a summer evening.

There's much more to the Balloon Glow than just balloons. The event actually begins on Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2 with the Karaoke Contest in Center Court of Northpark Mall. The winners of those preliminary rounds will advance to the finals on Thursday, July 3. The winner then has the opportunity to open the evening's entertainment on the 4th from the main stage. After that, the entertainment continues with Laurel native Samantha Landrum. From the first notes of the title track of Hometown, Samantha's warmth shines through the 18-year old's creamy soprano. Following her performance, the balloons will light up the sky for a balloon glow that will delight people of all ages.

Following the balloon glow, fans will enjoy a performance by American country music band, Sawyer Brown. This group has been singing our life back to us now over the course of twenty-three albums, the latest of which isTravelin' Band. Lead singer, Mark Miller, explains, "What we try to do - what we've always tried to do, I think - is capture those moments that matter, and capture them in a song." Miller says, "It seems to me that it's really the small moments in life that are the big ones anyway." The group's newest album includes hits "The Walk," "Travelin' Band," "Some Girls Do" and "Smokin' Hot Wife."

Throughout the evening, vendors will be on hand to provide various types of food for attendees, including favorites such as barbecue, corn dogs, chicken-on-a-stick, and funnel cakes. Children's activities are available throughout the evening at the Simon Kidgits Carnival area, free to Northpark Kidgits Club members. Activities include inflatable obstacle courses, jumps, face painting and other children's favorites. For more information about the Kidgits Club, go to

Admission to the Celebrate America Balloon Glow, as always, is free. Come join the fun as we celebrate America! Event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Samantha Landrum performs at 6:30 p.m. Balloon Glow will begin around 7:45 p.m. Sawyer Brown takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks close out the night at 9:30 p.m.

Further details may be obtained by contacting the Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department at 601-853-2011, or by visiting the Facebook pages of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and the City of Ridgeland.