Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival

Near St. George UT – 4th Annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival

The fourth annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held this weekend. The majestic skies above Mesquite will be filled with more than forty-five amazing hot air balloons. Each morning on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., the dazzling array of balloons will launch from the Oasis Parking Lot at the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino and race around the Virgin Valley. It’s a popular event that brings people from miles around and is only a short drive from St. George UT.

Once the sun goes down, a balloon glow will take place at the CasaBlanca South Parking Lot, where you will have the opportunity to talk to the pilots and see the balloons up close. The festival is a family-friendly event that is free to the public.

Event Details:

√ Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015 and Sunday, January 25, 2015

√ Time: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

√ Location: CasaBlanca, 950 West Mesquite Boulevard, Mesquite NV

√ Admission: Free

√ Website:

History of the Hot Air Balloon

Here’s just a quick history about the hot air balloon. On November 21, 1783 the first hot air balloon carrying a human lifted off in Paris, France. The hot air balloon was made of paper and silk made by the Montgolfier brothers. The balloon carried two men, Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis of d’ Arlanders. Then, on December 1, 1783, just ten short days later the first hot air balloon using gas was launched by physicist Jacques Alexander Charles and Nicholas Louis Robert. This flight also launched from Paris, France.

The first manned flight of a balloon in America was on January 9, 1793. It was a hydrogen gas balloon piloted by the same Frenchman who was the first to cross the English Channel, Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Modern hot-air ballooning was born October 22, 1960 when Paul E. Yost piloted the maiden flight of a balloon; a new propane burner system which he developed. By 1963 sport ballooning had grown enough so that the first U. S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship event was held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Today, it’s a fascinating event that still draws people from miles around to see the giant balloons in the sky above them.

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