Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is a special holiday for many reasons, but what makes it so different from other holidays is the emotional transition from Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Day of Remembrance). The entire country shifts from a somber mood of mourning into a countrywide state of celebration and is an experience like no other. Yom Haatzmaut starts at sunset, immediately following Yom Hazikaron, and lasts until the next day. This year (2018) will make it Israel’s 70th year anniversary, so it is going to be a big one!
One main way people in Israel like to celebrate is with street parties! You can find street parties almost anywhere you go! In Jerusalem, Jaffa Street/Hillel Street/Ben Yehuda are the spots to check out and in Tel Aviv the infamous Rothschild Boulevard is not to be missed! When you are planning your next private tour in Israel, a street party should most definitely be on the to-do list! Be prepared to be surrounded by people everywhere, DJ’s and dancing, and joy all around! At some point during the night there will also be a firework display.
BBQ in the park – Just like America on the 4th of July, Israeli’s love to BBQ (pretty much whenever they have the chance). Expect to see small charcoal grills scattered all over the parks in Israel, grilling meat and vegetables. Hayarkon Park is a beautiful spot to set up shop, located along the Hayarkon River in North Tel Aviv. BBQ’s could be a great addition to add in your family trip to Israel, Bar or Bat Mitzvah tour in Israel, if you’re here during the holiday!
Staying with the theme of food, another way to commemorate Yom Haatzmaut is by indulging in the classic Israeli foods. Set out a table filled with pita, falafel, chips (French Fries), Israeli salad, meat, and vegetables and have yourself an Israeli feast! Restaurants such as Miznon and Dr. Shakshuka are also great spots to eat Israeli cuisine such as pita with meat and vegetables and Shakshuka!
Annual Air Show
Every Yom Haatzmaut, The Israeli air force performs an air show which you can see throughout most of the country. Some of the best places to watch the show are on the beach or a rooftop. The air show usually takes place before or during people’s BBQ’s so it’s a great time to be together with friends and family.
So, whether you live in Israel, or are here on a Private Tour or Bat or Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, Yom Haatzmaut is one of the best times to be in Israel! The streets are lined with Israeli flags and the stores start selling blue and white blow up hammers, and other fun accessories to wear! Celebrating Yom Haatzmaut with the rest of Israel is definitely something to add to your private tour in Israel. Whether it is during day or night, you have twenty-four hours to party it up with the locals!