Yom Haatzmaut: Israeli Independence Day. May 13-14, 2024.

Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence. Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In 2024, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on May 13 to sundown on May 14.

This year, against the backdrop of the Gaza war and the number of hostages still being held in captivity, the 2024 Yom Haatzmaut events will understandably look a little different. The traditional Air Force flyover will not be taking place. Most municipalities have also decided to cut any big performances and artists. Fireworks shows have also been mostly ruled out to protect soldiers and victims from any potential noise triggers.

The major State Ceremony for Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolize the Twelve Tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact on the country.  At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and fireworks displays.

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The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including a spectacular military plane fly-by (see the schedule for the Independence Day Fly Over), parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president.

Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.

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Yom Haatzmaut in Tel Aviv

The main Tel Aviv Yom Haatzmaut event is normally held at Rabin Square. Other events take place across the city, plus of course, many parties, see Yom Haatzmaut in Tel Aviv for details.

Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem

Yom Haatzmaut events in Jerusalem begin across the city from 21:00. See our dedicated article about Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem for more details

Yom Haatzmaut Events Elsewhere in Israel

Events will be taking place in almost every city. Local municipalities may have more information.

There are also great events taking place in museums and national parks across the country on Independence Day. These include free opening at many museums in Israel.

Event Booking Details

Event Date: 25/04/2023

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