Hot air balloons take to the skies at a preview flight to launch next week’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 5, 2016 in Bristol, England. The four day event event, which will officially open next week on Thursday, is now in its 38th year and is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event.
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The day in pictures around the world.
The day in photos around the world.
Aeronauts attempt a new world record with a mass ascension of 408 balloons at the Chambley-Bussieres Aerodrome in eastern France during “Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons” international hot air balloon festival.
US First Lady Michelle Obama and meets Queen Elizabeth II, rescuers pile sandbags in flood-swept Beijing, hot temperatures continue, while Germans flock to the swimming pool in today’s daily brief.
Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.