The city celebrated record crowds and a record number of balloons at the 45th Labor Day Lift Off Sept. 4-6 at Memorial Park. The annual event — which features hot air balloons, food trucks and vendors, live music and festivities — returned to Colorado Springs after COVID restrictions last year required organizers to launch balloons at separate sites throughout the city. Balloon pilots and enthusiasts from across the country come to the Springs for the three-day event.