7-8:30 a.m. • Mass Ascension
9-10 a.m. • Car Display of Classic and Special Interest Vehicles
10-11 a.m. • Heart of America Quilt Display
10-11 a.m. • Salute to Veterans
5:45-8 p.m. • Balloon Glow® presented by Smith’s Food & Drug Centers
The events now known as “balloon glows” were invented in Albuquerque in 1979 when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a “thank you” to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and “glow” events are now held all over the world. Balloon Fiesta launched its Balloon Glow—the world's biggest—in 1987. Fiesta Glow “all burns”—when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time—are perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. The Balloon Glows—followed by New Mexico's most spectacular fireworks displays—are now among Balloon Fiesta's most popular events.
8-9 p.m. • AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by the Albuquerque Journal
Schedule information compiled by Michael Henningsen