Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Shimon Deri seen at Mt Herzl in Jerusalem, where Israel’s 72nd Independence Day events will take place. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


This year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations will be different than those in the previous 71 years, but you can count on Israelis to create new ways to honor their nation.

While there won’t be massive concerts, well-attended state ceremonies, or giant barbecues in the parks on Yom Ha’atzmaut this year, Israelis will join together to celebrate Independence Day, at least virtually.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a national curfew and tightened restrictions will keep Israelis at home, but the nation will nonetheless cheer 72 years of the Jewish state.

Take a walk down memory lane in this video, and click here to learn how YOU can join the virtual celebration.