Last year, we were limited to celebrating in our homes - incredibly, this year it feels a lot more normal and many events are being run around the country to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut properly! Yom Haatzmaut starts on Wednesday night 14th April until Thursday 15th April.
Click here for the details and timings (NOW updated with link for times and types of planes to expect over YOUR city!). This year the planes will fly to honor all Israeli Citizens after the difficult past year + and they will fly over more cities than ever before!
Click here to see which National Parks (Reshut Hateva) will open for free, and which are running events on Yom Haatzmaut (and Yom Hazikaron is some cases)
As in previous years, you can enjoy free admission to Israel's National Heritage Sites! Click here for the full list which includes tour times and contact information! I imagine best to call in case prior registration is required.
4. Concerts and Performances
Most cities have booked various stars to perform. Most of these require the Tav Yarok and all require registration. The Maariv Newspaper posted up a great list here, or check municipal websites and Facebook pages for more!
Lots going on in Jerusalem this year! Including festive Prayer services at the Kotel - Western Wall on Wednesday night at 20:00, free fun at the Tachana too. Free admission and events at Ammunition Hill, only 10 shekel entry for the Science Museum (registration required) and a few more for Thursday April 15th. Click here for details (the English page does not seem to have been updated for this year at the time of writing this)
Watch the annual flotilla set off along the coast of Herzliya at 11:00 on Thursday 15th April. Do you have a boat? Don't forget to register in order to join in!
Book your visit to the Salad Trail for a fun, enjoyable day out! Click here to book!
8. Blossoming Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations in the Golan
Free entry to the 'Horse and the Cherry' Farm in Odem to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut and the blossoming of the cherry trees in the Golan! Starting at 9:00 on Thursday 15th April.
We will add more events if we find them!! Keep checking :)
Whether this is your first Yom Haatzmaut in Israel or not...always remember that it is a busy day!
If you want to find a BBQ spot you may have to get someone there at 7am to secure a space!
For other events that do not require registration - get there early. Even if you have pre-registered, the roads can be busy, so factor that in and expect delays on the roads!
Take care, and drink lots of water and have a wonderful Yom Haatzmaut.
If you are not celebrating in Israel this year - we hope that you will NEXT year!