Every year, just as the sun sets on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) begins and the parties and celebrations roar for the next 24 hours. Releasing the sad emotions from Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmaut gains an even more insightful meaning. Israelis celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in many different ways, from bonfires, to barbeques to hikes and days at the beach. Check out Puzzle Israel’s top five ways to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut like a local in Israel.
Join a BBQ
If there is one thing that almost every Israeli does on Yom Ha’atzmaut, it’s barbeque. The whole country is alive with the smell of wonderful grilled foods and the sounds of joy and laughter that accompany a fun BBQ with friends and family. All of the parks are filled with portable grills, fresh salads, and families celebrating this fun holiday. Puzzle Israel can also arrange an exciting barbeque for you while travelling in Israel, making everyone feel at home.
Go for a hike
Since Yom Ha’atzmaut is in May, the weather tends to be mild and sunny, allowing for the perfect conditions to go for a fun hike. Israel is filled with the very best and most beautiful hiking trails, each one with its own special something. Whether you decide to hike in the north and maybe jump into a river or spring along the way, in the south to see the gorgeous desert of Israel, or maybe by the Dead Sea to float and dip in some hot springs, you are guaranteed to have a great time and experience the local culture. Puzzle Israel provides all the logistics, you only have to bring your smile!
Go to the beach
Along the coast of the Mediterranean, the weather is absolutely perfect for a fun beach day and picnic. Families and friends will come out from around the country to all of the most beautiful beaches in Israel, from the beaches further north near Haifa, all the way to the beautiful and renovated beaches of Ashdod and Ashkelon. The sea has had enough time to warm up a bit since the winter, so the water is great for splashing around and cooling off. Even bring some good food and make it a picnic affair.
Spend a cultural day in Jerusalem
Jerusalem holds so much of the rich history of Yom Ha’atzmaut, and as such hosts many different cultural events on this day. Ammunition Hill is very special on Yom Ha’atzmaut, not only because of the incredible stories, but also because there are often kid friendly IDF Paratrooper showcases, allowing kids and families to meet soldiers and see some of the new technology being used. In addition, the amazing Israel Museum offers free admission on Yom Ha’atzmaut, along with Israeli folk dancing for the whole family. For more cultural events, click here.
Watch the IAF air show
Every year, hundreds of families from all across the country step outside and watch the incredible IAF (Israeli Air Force) put on a very cool air show. The aircrafts make their way over Beer Sheva, Yeruham, Dimona, Arad, Kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Beit She’an, Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Katzrin, Safed, Carmiel, Nahariya, Haifa, Caesarea, Netanya, Tel Aviv and Ashdod, so no matter where you are, you will probably be able to catch a glimpse of this amazing show. For more information, click here.
Puzzle Israel on Yom Ha’atzmaut
Puzzle Israel always believes that it is important to experience the culture and wonder of Israel as a local, and not only as a tourist. Puzzle Israel offers unique experiences both on Yom Hazikaron and on Yom Ha’atzmaut, giving families and groups the chance to step into the shoes of an Israeli on these very culturally significant holidays.
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Main photo: Oren Peles