June 30, 2020— We are very pleased to announce that Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will take place this Labor Day Weekend in a heavily modified form.  With this in mind, event organizers Hot Apple Productions, LLC and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation plan to bring hot air balloons to residents across Colorado Springs with an innovative twist. “The Colorado Springs community will be able to experience early morning balloon launches while balloons fill the city skyline, launching from numerous locations around town,” said Hot Apple Productions Managing Member, Scott Appelman, “Additionally, we will have a pop up Balloon Glow, weather permitting. Locations to be determined for the upcoming Labor Day weekend”. 

The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off continues a 43-year tradition of a hot air balloon event in Colorado Springs. “I am happy to see this beloved event continue to make a positive impact during this difficult time,” said Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off Founder, Dewey Reinhard.  

Labor Day Lift Off’s usual donut eating contest, lake events, and field activities will not take place and no vendors will be available. No events will occur at Memorial Park. 

“Our goal is to create a unique community event that allows residents to continue to enjoy the tradition of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off,” said Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne.  Residents are encouraged to visit and join the event’s Facebook page for updates and the latest event information. 

Both partners are thrilled to be able to do this under the environment we are all experiencing. The Labor Day Lift off will be one of very few balloon events that will take place in the world this year. It will look different not being held at Memorial Park, but available for the community to watch with balloons launching from different locations in Colorado Springs.


Event website:

Contact: Scott Appelman, (505)379-3640


Check us out at: Facebook, #LDLO, @labordayliftoff, @csldlo, @TheSportsCorp, @RainbowRyders, @CityofCOS


Special thanks to the City of Colorado Springs and all of our event sponsors and partners for continuing to support the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off.  

Celebrate your Labor Day Weekend at the 2020 Labor Day Lift Off

This is a FREE event, guaranteed to be a weekend full of fun for the whole family!

Admission to the park is FREE, so bring the whole family for a day of fun!

Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors.

Activities will continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, paddle boarding, live entertainment and donut eating competitions.

Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.


Thank you to the City of Colorado Springs, Parks and Recreation, City Council, Mayor’s office, LART, and many others that have made it possible to continue this tradition. A special acknowledgement and thank you to Mr. Dewey Reinhard for his help and support for making this happen. Dewey was the originator of the event 44 years ago, and has been instrumental in keeping this event alive!