One of the local favorite events every fourth of July weekend is the ‘Balloon Illume’ held at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. This is annual event on the Independence Day weekend each year, and hot air balloons are part of the major draw.
Hot air balloons flights are seen across the skies on a typical fourth of July weekend in Battle Creek, when the weather conditons are perfect. However, even if the balloons do not get a lot of air time, you can still enjoy them by attending the festival and being there for the ‘Balloon Illume’ which is held right at sunset.
The hot air balloon pilots and crews set up the balloons on the airfield in close proximity to each other and light them up for a spectacular colorful illuminated evening. The announcer gets crowd participation by having those in attendance shout ‘Light ’em up’ and the balloons all attempt to blow their torches simultaniously for a unified illumination.
It is one of the most beautiful features at the festival, and definitely one worth attending. On July 3rd, 2011 when the video below was filmed, there also followed a night time air show and fireworks celebration. So there is no more exciting way to experience the fourth of July than by attending the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. The annual event it the largest Independence Day Celebration in Southeast Michigan, and draws well over 100,000 people each year for the 4 day event.