WE’D LIKE TO THANK THE COMMUNITY AND LOOK FORWARD TO 2021 AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL CITYWIDE 2020 EVENT WAS CUT SHORT DUE TO WEATHER CHALLENGES SUNDAY MORNING.
The innovation and adaptation of the 2020 citywide Labor Day Lift Off celebration brought 40+ balloons to the entire community with an incredibly successful and beautiful lift off from nine different locations on Saturday morning and several majestic pop-up glows on Saturday evening. Events like these involve many moving parts and without the support and engagement from the sponsors, pilots, crew, volunteers, officials, staff, and community partners, it would not have been possible.
Organizers share spectators’ disappointment with the canceled liftoff originally planned for Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative and created unsafe flying conditions with winds at 40+ miles per hour, 300 feet above the surface. Although weather conditions prevented the final day of the abbreviated event from going as planned, the community can be proud of the fact this year’s Labor Day Lift Off was one of less than ten hot air balloon events in the world.
Next year marks the 45th anniversary of the most colorful weekend in the Pikes Peak region and plans are already underway to return the Labor Day Lift Off to Memorial Park and bring back the excitement of vendors, live entertainment, mass ascensions each morning and marvelous glows in the evenings. With the support of the City of Colorado Springs, engaged community, and the loyal sponsors – without all of whom, this event would not be possible – organizers will continue to work to honor the legacy and magic this event inspires among everyone who experiences it.
To be a part of the 2021 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off as a sponsor, volunteer, vendor, or spectator, please contact [email protected], or become a part of the community at Facebook.com/LaborDayLiftOff.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Rise & Shine Colorado! Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with the 2020 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off from the comfort of your own home September 5th & September 6th.
It’s the most colorful weekend of the year!
You won’t want to miss the early morning balloon launches fill the city skyline from numerous locations and the Saturday evening balloon glows scattered across the city.
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!