Step Back in Time at the 1940s Ball

The 1940s Ball is a USO – style event that truly feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Whether a teen or a octogenarian, everyone is in authentic costumes and swing dancing to the Glen Miller OrchestraThis year the event was held at the Boulder Airport and The 1940’s Ball donates a portion of the ticket sales to non profits including: The Colorado 10th Mountain Division FoundationThe Commemorative Air ForceRocky Mountain Honor FlightThe Audie Murphy Infantry Museum and The Young Aviators 43.


As we were walking in I was so happy we decided to dress up.  Everyone, young or old, was wearing a costume! These re-enactors and their tank were pretty fantastic – constantly hamming it up for the camera and letting all of us pose for photos with them!

When my husband and I first met, we took a swing dancing class together…so of course we headed over to the hangar that was decorated to look like the set from Casablanca, to watch the lindy-hop competition! We met some competitors who flew in all the way from Portland – and won!

Strolling through the grounds was like a step back in time!

Below is one of my favorite couples. When I asked if I could take their photo, this gentleman told me that he wasn’t surprised that I wanted a “picture of the prettiest gal in the world!”

Before sunset there were dogfights with authentic planes happening overhead, but they flew by too fast for me!  Here is one of the planes on the ground:

Even the ladies from A League of Their Own were represented!

WWII veterans were honored during this event and had a special VIP section. This fellow still fit into his Navy uniform and was in his 90s. He was surrounded by family that came along for the evening.

And this man was only 18 years old when survived Pearl Harbor on the USS Perry, one of the few ships that made it out of the harbor before it was blocked.

Here are more fantastic costumes:

This lovely lady was the emcee for the swing dance competition.

This silly guy was using his best gangster voice during photos.

This family drove all the way from Kentucky to attend!  They saw an advertisement on Facebook and thought it looked fun!

I wish I got a photo of her hair from the back…it was amazing!

There were a lot of sailors, trench coats and vintage furs!

I met this adorable couple at the Lindy Hop competition!

This cute couple was so fun!  Her polka-dot dress and big curls fit in perfectly…so did his suspenders and newsboy hat!

The military re-enactors set up a full camp.

My son has requested this car for his 16th birthday.  (He thinks the wood paneling is cool.)

Even Captain America made an appearance. My kids were so jealous they didn’t get to meet him!

We had a fantastic time!  If you love the 1940s or want a truly unique date night, don’t miss the event next year! They also have a White Christmas Ball every December.  You can get your tickets here.

My husband and I with the reenactors.  He was even wearing his grandfather’s hand painted tie.