It’s almost Israel’s 70th birthday! And every year, there’s tons of celebration and exciting activities throughout the country.
Israeli Independence Day begins in the evening of April 18th and will continue till the evening the next day. Here are some fun things to do if you’re traveling (or just happen to be in Israel) during this time.
Yom HaAtzmaut festivities are known for their street parties. You’ll find them in the major cities during the first evening of the celebration. It’s a safe and exciting environment to be apart of, and don’t be surprised if you leave the streets covered in confetti!
Oh, and you may get tapped a few times with plastic hammers, aesthetically inspired by Israel’s flag. Even if you only visited one of these parties for a short time, it’d be worth it!
In Jerusalem, you can find a street party on either Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Street, Jaffa Street, or Hillel Street. There will be vibrant music, tasty beverages, singing, dancing, and laughing.
This year there will be 3 DJ booths on Machane Yehuda Market. The excitement will probably peak around 10 p.m.
In Tel Aviv, there will be lively street parties throughout the city from 8 p.m. to midnight. It’s difficult to make specific suggestions, as there are so many great parties available. I’d check the events online for more details.
Partying in Parks
On the 18th, you’ll find tons of entertaining activities and events at parks in any central town in Israel!
At 7 p.m., there will be public singing and dancing at Teddy Park. It’s free, but based on availability.
There are night concerts at Independence Park in Jerusalem at 10 p.m. This is also a free event. You also have the option to visit Cats Square for live performances, beginning at 10 p.m. This is still near the firework show in Independence Park (I’ll explain soon).
In Tel Aviv, there will be a large electronic music festival on the banks of the Yarkon River in Park Hayarkon. There will be both international and local artists and will last from 10 pm to midnight.
If you wanted to create your own party, you have the option to visit the National Parks in Israel. They cover the country. You can go on beautiful hikes, fun rock climbing expeditions, and exciting mountain biking (or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery). This is a popular option that you’ll see people engaged in during the day of the 19th.
Who doesn’t love fireworks!? It’s not quite a celebration without them.
A beautiful sequence of electrifying colors will be displayed in the major cities in Israel on the evening of the 18th.
There will be a display at 10:30 p.m. and midnight in Independence Park, Jerusalem.
In Tel Aviv, there is a beautiful firework display at Rabin Square at 9pm. Giant screens in the square will visually depict Israeli history, giving the show a more intimate experience.
Air Force Bases and Air Shows
On the 19th, if you wanted to start your Independence Day off early, you have the choice to visit an air force base. You’d get to see cool aircrafts, meet the pilots and soldiers, and check out the equipment and machinery they use.
There’s a few different air force bases to choose from, check out which ones are best for you. We’d suggest to try to get to the base around 8 in the morning. There will most likely be big lines and you don’t want to be stuck waiting around for too long when there’s so much more excitement waiting for you throughout the day.
There are also air shows where pilots do amazing acrobatic tricks and stunts. You can watch these shows across many places in Israel, but one of the best spots to watch it is from the beaches in Tel Aviv.
BBQ and Delicious Food
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about food! Any celebration isn’t complete without delicious meals.
Expect to see BBQs and delicious food on Independence Day. Don’t miss out by being unprepared or unaware of where you can experience it.
Either create your own BBQ and invite people over or visit delicious BBQ locations around the city. Meat and hummus, vegetables, falafel, watermelon-feta kabobs, bamba… must I say more?
If you’re in Tel Aviv, there’s delicious BBQ and beer available at the Beachfront Hotel from 1 – 6 pm. Or you can set up your own BBQ in HaYarkon Park and be engulfed by green trees and the beauty of nature.
If you choose to go on hikes or visit national parks for Yom HaAtzmaut, BBQing is an excellent addition to that experience (but make sure that it’s permitted to BBQ at the park you’re going to visit).
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