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Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and Northpark Mall present “Celebrate America” Balloon Glow featuring David Lee Murphy and Crossin’ Dixon

 

Good music, beautiful hot air balloons, and spectacular fireworks will again provide an evening’s entertainment for the entire family at this year’s Celebrate America Balloon Glow, a Ridgeland Independence Day tradition for twenty-three years.  The annual celebration will take place this year on July 4 at presenting sponsor Northpark Mall’s balloon glow field, with plenty of parking around the mall for the thousands who gather each year.

The Celebrate America Balloon Glow, the opening event of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Canton, provides the opportunity to witness twenty hot air balloons of all colors twinkle and glow in the dusk of a summer evening.

There’s much more to the Balloon Glow than just balloons. The event actually begins on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 with the Karaoke Contest in Center Court of Northpark Mall. The winners of those preliminary rounds will advance to the finals on Thursday, June 27. The winner then has the opportunity to open the evening’s entertainment on the 4th from the main stage.  After that, the entertainment continues with Mississippi band Crossin’ Dixon.  Crossin’ Dixon will delight fans old and new with their mix of Southern rock and American country music.  Following their performance, the balloons will light up the sky for a balloon glow that will delight people of all ages.

Following the glow, fans will enjoy a performance by MCA Nashville recording artist David Lee Murphy.  Murphy’s recording career has included hit singles “Party Crowd,”  “Every Time I Get Around You,” “The Road You Leave Behind,” and the number one single “Dust on the Bottle.”  Murphy tours and entertains crowds in addition to his continued work as a songwriter.  His songwriting credits include hits recorded by Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Van Zant, Blake Shelton, and Jason Aldean.

Throughout the evening, vendors will be on hand to provide various types of food for attendees, including favorites such as barbecue, corn dogs, chicken-on-a-stick, and funnel cakes.  Children’s activities are available throughout the evening at the Simon Kidgits Carnival area, free to Northpark Kidgits Club members.  Activities include inflatable obstacle courses, jumps, face painting and other children’s favorites.  For more information about the Kidgits Club, go to www.simon.com.

Admission to the Celebrate America Balloon Glow, as always, is free.  Come join the fun as we celebrate America! Event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Crossin’ Dixon performs at 6:30 p.m. Balloon Glow will begin around 7:45 p.m. David Lee Murphy takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks close out the night at 9:30 p.m.

Further details may be obtained by contacting the Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department at 601-853-2011, or by visiting the Facebook pages of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and the City of Ridgeland.