2017 “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow
June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ridgeland Recreation & Parks presents the 27th Annual “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow featuring Joe Diffie
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. Ridgeland Recreation & Parks is proud to present this Independence Day tradition. The twenty-seventh annual celebration will take place on Friday, June 30 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 approximately 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 Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 with the Karaoke Contest at Burgers & Blues. The winners of those preliminary rounds will advance to the finals on Wednesday, June 28. The winner then has the opportunity to open the evening’s entertainment on June 30 from the main stage.
The entertainment continues with a local band. That group will be announced at a later date.
Our Master of Ceremonies will then guide our balloonists through a series of balloon glow sequences that will captivate the crowd. Be sure to have your cameras ready!
Following the balloon glow, fans will enjoy a performance by legendary singer, Joe Diffie. The multi-platinum-selling artist who dominated the charts during a hot streak in the ‘90’s may have been absent from the radio charts for the past few years, but Joe Diffie has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his recent “Roots And Boots” acoustic tour and collaborative CD “All In The Same Boat,” with fellow hitmakers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin. And now he’s back at it again, riding shotgun with hick-hop sensations the Jawga Boyz on a brand new single, “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun,” which was recently released to country radio. With chart-toppers like “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and “John Deere Green,” and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe has little to prove at this point in his career, yet he still has a fire in his belly to make good country music. A renowned songwriter in his own right who recently turned his focus back to writing after years on the road, Joe has hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina to his credit, and has cuts on upcoming projects for “X Factor” winner Tate Stevens, Dylan Scott, and Tyler Farr among others. He is also hard at work on an album of brand new material, due out later this year on Bigger Picture Records.
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 Northpark Mall Carnival area. Activities include inflatable obstacle courses, jumps, face painting and other children’s favorites.
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. Our opening act will perform at 6:30 p.m. Balloon Glow will begin around 7:45 p.m. Joe Diffie 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 www.ridgelandsportsandevents.com and the Facebook pages of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and the City of Ridgeland.
Schedule of Activities
6:00 Welcome and Introductions
6:05 Karaoke Contest Winner
6:30 Dan Shafer
7:45 Balloon Glow
8:15 Joe Diffie