Israel Independence Day 2019 – Yom Haatzmaut

May 6, 2019
By: Joanna Shebson

The State of Israel goes from a somber Yom Hazikaron Remembrance Day straight into celebrating Independence Day. It’s a very special time to be in Jerusalem and there are many events going on.

Celebrate Israel’s 71st Independence Day in Jerusalem.

The Independence Day Flyover

The highlight of Independence Day is the incredible flyover show performed by the Israeli Air Force. There is a new app that tells you minute by minute what the times will be by city as well as information about the airplanes flying overhead.

Matas App

Prayer & Singing Events

Train Theater Celebration – 10:00am-6:00pm

The Train Theater in Gan Hapaamon (Liberty Bell Park) will be hosting a day of fun for young kids. Street performances, live music, art workshops, circus acts in the park, and more. This event is being organized by the Train Theater and the Jerusalem Cultural Department.

Come and watch a show, enjoy the music & street performers or participate in a workshop.
Tickets for shows in the theater must be reserved but all events are free.
Hungry Sandwich (11:00am & 12:30pm), Stories of the Rainbow (4:00pm), Circus (5:00pm)

Museum Events

Many of the city’s museums will be open for FREE and they all have special programming and activities for the holiday.

  • Israel Museum – Enjoy the annual Israeli folklore dance show!
  • Tower of David – Challenge your family through Independence Day activities centering on the symbols of the State of Israel and Jerusalem!
  • Bible Lands – Singalong with Saraleh Sharon, challenge the family in an AR/VR smartphone app game offering a magical glimpse into ancient worlds and participate in the Start-Up [Bible] Nations Tour – highlighting pioneers and entrepreneurs whose ideas and ground-breaking innovations forged new realities in their world.
  • Science Museum – Visit the Plastecology exhibit. Discover the advantages and disadvantages inherent in plastic thru workshops, scientific demonstrations and more…
  • Begin Museum – Enjoy a sound and light show as you walk through the museum learning about Menachem Begin and the State of Israel.
  • Heichal Shlomo – Festive Prayers and talks by Zev Zelig and Yossi Elfi.
  • Agnon’s House – A literary celebration including theatrical tours as well as the opportunity to meet the famous author Avirama Golan and Illustrator Roni Fahima.
  • Beit Eshkol – Come and learn about the establishment of the State of Israel and its first leaders via an experiential tour of the historical building that served as the official residence for many Israeli prime ministers.
  • Ammunition Hill – Climb on tanks, tour the battle site, see heritage movies, try on battle equipment and meet soldiers from the Golani brigade.
  • Old Yishuv Court – Guided tours, live theater and interactive game for the whole Family.


Har Herzl Ceremony  – for ticket holders only. This event is broadcast on tv on Wednesday Night at 7:45pm.

For Concerts & Street Parties click here


  • Gan Haatzmaut 10:30pm, 12:00am
  • Har Herzl 11:00pm

About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.

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