Balloon Ascension Day is an annual celebration observed on January 9th of every year. Have you ever gone in through the hot air balloon or balloon ascension? Those who have taken a trip in an air balloon know how beautiful it is to enjoy nature from the air. It is incredible to feel the passing clouds in the sky and to look at the birds flying so near. Flying in the air was an unimaginable thing some centuries ago. However, things have changed as with the invention of flights and helicopters, and most often, this mode of transportation has become a forgotten thing. Balloon Ascension Day is celebrated to honor Jean Pierre Blanchard, who succeeded in being able to fly in the air through a hot air balloon.
“It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realize how incredible the Earth really is.” – Philippe Perrin
History of Balloon Ascension Day
The origin, history, creator, and year from which Balloon Ascension Day has been celebrated are not precisely known. It is a Day that is established to honor the excellent work of Jean-Paul Blanchard. It was Jean-Paul Blanchard, a French aeronaut, and inventor who, on January 9, 1793, made the first aerial trip in the yellow hot air balloon. To remember his invention and air trip, this Day has been celebrated on the same date every year on which he made his aerial trip’s debut.
Blanchard stood in front of the Walnut Street Prison located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (now known as Independence Square). He took a spot over there and made some last-minute adjustments to the hydrogen-filled gas balloon while a relatively large number of the crowd looked on. Blanchard had sold plenty of tickets to the people to make them see him ascend into the sky. Indeed, the president of the United States, George Washington himself, was also present during this event.
Other Celebrations on January 9
January 9 is also celebrated as
- National Static Electricity Day
- National Apricot Day
- Play God Day
- Word Nerd Day
- National Clean Off Your Desk Day
How to Celebrate Balloon Ascension Day
Celebrating Balloon Ascension Day is quite simple. Take a trip on the balloon ascension and see what this mode of traveling looks like. For those who have never gone into the air in a hot air balloon, then this Day is the best time to experience what a hot air balloon trip looks and feels like. Encourage your family and friends to join with your air travel. Those who are affordable can visit the vacation spots like Napa Valley in California, Cappadocia in Turkey, Yarra Valley in Australia, Gstaad in Switzerland to take a Balloon Ascension ride. Enjoy the wind, breeze, sun, climate, height, and everything in nature. Don’t forget to share your hot air balloon trip photos and views about this Day on social media using the hashtag #BalloonAscensionDay.
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