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Lexington Hot Air Balloon Rally

Hot air balloon
Every July, the sky is truly the limit at the Annual Balloon Rally in Lexington, Virginia.

This event, sponsored by the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, usually takes place every July 3 and 4 on the parade grounds of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

For three days, thousands of people from across the state and country will come together to witness this event. Balloons launch three times -- twice on July 4 and once on the morning of July 5.

On the evening of July 3 and the morning of July 4, the balloon launches take place at the Lexington Baptist Church.

Admission to the balloon rally is free. Shuttle buses are provided to and from site parking and the VMI parade ground.


Lexington, Virginia, is located in Rockbridge County, at the intersection of Interstate 64 and Interstate 81.

Lexington is about an hour north of Lynchburg and an hour northeast of Roanoke.

The backdrop of the Shenandoah Valley only adds to the town’s natural beauty.

Lexington is home to several historic attractions, such as Stonewall Jackson’s house, the Virginia Military Institute and Museum, the Lee Chapel and Museum, and the Museum of Military Memorabilia.

The Hot Air Balloon Rally coincides with the Annual Children’s Bicycle Parade held downtown on July 4.

Balloon Rides

While admission to this balloon rally is free, visitors seeking a breathtaking experience for themselves may purchase a balloon ride.

Rides may be purchased for the mornings or evenings of July 4 and 5 and again on the morning of July 6.

These piloted launches are scheduled for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weather permitting.

For more information or to make reservations, call 540-461-0402.

For children and more wary adults, tethered balloon rides will be available after 7 p.m. on July 4. Reservations cannot be made in advance for the tethered balloon rides.

Independence Day Activities

In addition to the balloon launches, the Hot Air Balloon Rally hosts an antique car display on the grounds.

On July 4, Independence Day celebrations are in full swing, with vendors, music, face painting, and entertainment for children.

Eleanore’s Market Place, a tag sale of gently used items, will be open at the parade ground from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On the evening of July 4, a spectacular fireworks display will take place on the parade ground. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities, particularly ones that assist children.

Location: Rockbridge County
Address: VMI Parade Ground, 301 Letcher Ave Lexington, 24450
Telephone: 540-461-0402
Web site:
Cost: Free Admission, Balloons Rides Available for Purchase
Latitude: 37.789819
Longitude: -79.435226
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