(Reading time: 6 - 11 minutes) TwitterWhat's Happening in Israel for Yom Ha'Atzmaut 2019. 71st Independence Day celebrations in the main centers - Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th May. From 8pm when Yom Hazikaron comes to an official close, Israel's 71st Independence celebrations will commence across the country. Official ceremonies, fireworks, free concerts for the family on Wednesday night. Family picnics, free museums, IDF bases open to the public and the Israel Air Force fly-over are some of the hi-lights. Official ceremonies & free concerts Please note: The schedules and artists listed here may actually change or differ on the evening especially where an artist is scheduled to perform at multiple locations. Only the main attractions are included in this list. This list is being updated daily as soon as the information comes in. Afula Afula Afula Eyal Golan Mooki Yishai Rivo Shlomi Shabbat Dikla Arad Arad Arad Monica Sex Kobi Affalelo Ariel Ariel Ariel Dana International Ashdod Ashdod Ashdod Eden Ben Zaken Noa Kyrel Stefan Ashkelon Ashkelon Ashkelon Eden Ben Zaken Shlomi Shabbat Ma Kashur Dana International Shafita Idan Haviv Erez Lev Ari Beer Sheva Beer Sheva Beer Sheva Idan Amadi Dudu Tassa Noa Kyrel Noy Feldan Bet Shemesh Bet Shemesh Bet Shemesh To be updated soon Eilat Eilat Eilat Aviv Geffen Omer Hazan Ulive Band Givatayim Givatayim Givatayim Shiri Maimon Meir Edri Subliminal Haifa Haifa Haifa Neta Barzilay Tippex Infected Mushroom Eliad Moshe Peretz Michal Yannay Jane Bordeaux Paul Trank Herzliyah Herzliyah Herzliyah Dudu Aharon Avri Lider Keren Peles Hod Hasharon Hod Hasharon Hod Hasharon Nasrin Kadri Margol Mashina HaYehudim Micky Gavrielov Holon Holon Holon Lior Narkis Revivo Project Tippex Skuzzy Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Mount Herzl - Official Celebration (By invitation only) 19:45 - Yizkor, Speaker of the Knesset, Candle lighting ceremony, Flag raising ceremony, Various dance troupes and IDF Choirs, Fireworks display. The ceremony will be televised on local TV channels. Kotel HaMaravi (Western Wall) •8:00pm Prayers and partying Street parties and happenings all around Jerusalem. Also appearing are: Hatikvah 6 Sarit Hadad Dani Sanderson Dudu Aharon Regev Hod Itay Levi Aharon Razel Karmiel Karmiel Karmiel + Kfar Saba Kfar Saba Kfar Saba Hanan Ben Ari Ethnix Kfar Shmariyahu Kfar Shmariyahu Kfar Shmariyahu + Kiryat Bialik Kiryat Bialik Kiryat Bialik Moshe Peretz Rotem Cohen Kiryat Ono Kiryat Ono Kiryat Ono Izhar Cohen Dafna Dekel Maale Adumim Maale Adumim Maale Adumim Hatikvah 6 Einat Saruf Modiin Modiin Modiin, Maccabim, Reut Kobi Affalelo Nadav Gadg Tislan Netanya Netanya Netanya Maya Buskila Izzi Dudu Aharon Petach Tikva Petach Tikva Petach Tikva Subliminal Ultras Ethnix Hanan Ben Ari HaYehudim Raanana Raanana Raanana Harel Skaat Eden Hason Maya Buskila Yonatan Margi Nurit Galron Ramleh Ramleh Ramleh Yonatan Margi Omer Adam Rehovot Rehovot Rehovot Gidi Gov Gil Wayne Skuzzi Rishon LeZion Rishon LeZion Rishon LeZion Itai Levi Dana Lapidot Ethnix Revivo Project Rami Kleinstein Avri Lider Ramat Gan Ramat Gan Ramat Gan Neta Barzilay Mariana Maximillian Itai Levi Mashina Ramat HaSharon Ramat HaSharon Ramat HaSharon Mashina Subliminal Hanan Ben Ari Maya Buskila Rosh HaAyin Rosh HaAyin Rosh HaAyin + Shoham Shoham Shoham + Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Tel Aviv At the Rabin Square: "Hallelujah Eurovision" - prior to Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, a special show with the best songs and dances, entertainment segments, and clips that to be shown on huge screens and fireworks will paint the sky. Performances of Hadag Nachash, the Transistor Band, Ayfo HaYeled, Jimbo Jay. Participants: Nikki Goldstein, Hovi Starr, Raphael Dahan, Osnat Zano, Ilan Leibovitz and others. At the Davidoff Park: The central stage in Jaffa for Independence celebrations with performances, fireworks and the central 2019 torchlighting ceremony. Shows by: Luli from the Children's Channel, Gil Wayne's project, Maor Edri and local bands. Plenty of other activities will take place across the city. Tivon Tivon Tivon Barry Sacharov Tzfat Tzfat Tzfat Rita Shalom Assiag Ben Tzur Yavne Yavne Yavne Shlomi Shabbat Liron Danino Eliana Tidhar Zichron Yaakov Zichron Yaakov Zichron Yaakov Miki Gavrielov Fun Stuff Fun Stuff More fun activities for Thursday, May 8th 2019 Chill out on one of the best beaches in Israel Get your sport shoes on, your water bottles ready and take a family hike or walk along one of our many beautiful trails Settle down to a wonderful lunch at Israel's top picnic spots Take advantage of the long weekend and visit a Nature Reserve Maybe visit one of these top nature sites Cultural Activities Cultural Activities Cultural Activities The Ministry of Culture & Sport as well as The Society for the Preservation of Heritage sites sponsor entrance to a selection of museums, heritage sites and visitor centers across Israel Please call before you go - book, verify opening hours, guided tours and other details Southern Israel Yad LaIsha HaLochemet in Nitzanim - Tel: 08-6727895 The Open Museum in Negba - Tel: 050-55605540 From Holocaust to Revival Museum in Yad Mordechai - Tel: 08-6720599 , 052-3923104 The Water and Security Museum in Nir Am - Tel: 050-5709042 Mitzpe Gvulot - Kibbutz Gvulot - Tel: 054-7919000 Ben Gurion's Desert Home (Sde Boker) - Tel: 08-6560469 Maoz across from Gaza in Kibbutz Saad - Tel:052-3726644 The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture at Kibbutz Lahav - Tel: 08-9913322 The Revivim Museum named for Yosef Weitz - Tel: 08-6562570 \ 08-656263 Metzudat Yoav, The Givati Museum - Tel: 08-6611316 B'erot BaNegev Visitors' Center - Kibbutz Alumim - Tel: 08-9937300 Jerusalem Area The Old Yishuv Court Museum - Tel: 02-6276319, 052-4002478 Ammunition Hill Memorial Site - Tel: 02-5829392/3 The Yellin House - in Motza - Tel: 052-4257345 The Gush Etzion Visitors' Center - Tel: 02-9935160 The Tower of David Museum - Tel: 02-626533 The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem - Tel: 02-6233166 The Shai Agnon House - Tel: 02-6716498 The Bank of Israel Visitor's Center - advance booking required - Tel: 02-6552828,0 2-6552520, 02-6552718 Alone on the Walls of Jerusalem - Tel: 02-6265906 Menachem Begin Heritage Center - Tel: 02-5652020 02-5652011 Yad LaShiryon at Latrun - Tel: 08-9784321 Tel Aviv and the Center Independence Hall - Tel: 03-5106426, 03-5173942 The Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center - advance booking required - Tel:.*4585 Ben-Gurion House - 03-5221010 The Jabotinsky Museum - Tel: 03-5287320 The Joseph Bau House - Tel: 054-4301499 Rokach House - for more info: - Tel: 03-5168042 IDF Historical Collection Museum - Tel: 03-5172913 , 03-5161346 The Etzel Museum - Tel: 03-525-3307 The Hagana Museum - Tel: 03-560862 The Lechi Museum - Tel: 03-6820288 The Etzel 1948 Museum - Tel: 03-5177180 , 03-5172044 The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art - Tel: 03-5161970 The Hosmasa Museum - Holon - Tel: 03-5050425 The Mikveh Israel Visitors Center - advance booking required - Tel: 03-5030489 The Rishon L'Tzion Museum - Tel: 03-9598862, 03-9598890 The Eran Shamir Moshava Museum in Mazkeret Batya - Tel:08-9349525 Ayalon Institute, Rehovot Tel: 08-9406552 Weizmann House, Rehovot - Tel: 08-9343230 Northern Israel The Sliqim at Kfar Giladi - Tel: 052-2512915 HaShomer House Museum - Tel: 04-6941565 Tel Hai Courtyard - Tel: 04-6951333 The Birya Fortress - Tel: 04-6922433 The Restored Pioneer Village at Rosh Pinah - Tel: 04-6936913 The Kinneret Courtyard - Tel: 04-6709117 Naharayim Experience in Gesher - Tel: 04-6752685 The Palmach Cave - Tel: 04-9898946 ,052-4471109 The Historic Nahalal Police Station - Tel: 04-6415073 The Nahalal "Sliq" - Tel: 052-3347194 The Pioneer Settlers Museum - Kibbutz Yifat Tel: 04-6548974 HaReut Museum - Tel: 04-6432810 The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud - Tel: 04-6486337 | 04-6486328 Beit HaMeiri, Tsfat - Tel: 04-6921939 The Tower and Stockade Museum at Hanita - Tel: 04-9859677 The Jezreel Valley Train Museum - Kfar Yehoshua - Tel: 04-9534226 Clandestine Immigration Boat Tour, Atlit - Tel: 04-9841980 The Goara Museum of the Hagana - Tel: 04-9597402 The Treasures in the Walls Museum, Akko. - Tel: 04-9911004 The Underground Prisoners Museum, Akko - Tel: 04-9911375 The Fisher House, Kiryat Ata - Tel: 04-8440207 The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron - Tel: 04-6294777 The Hannah Senesh House, Kibbutz Sdot Yam - Tel: 04-6364366 052-8795366 The Gdudim House Museum - Tel: 09-8822212 The Khan Museum, Hadera - Tel: 04-6322330 , 04-6324562 The Haifa City Museum - Tel: 04-9115888 The Herman Struk Museum - Tel: 04-6359962 The National Maritime Museum - Tel: 04-853662 Also The Israel Museum The Open Museum in Omer The Open Museum in Tefen The Open Museum in Tel-Hai Ramat HaNadiv in Zichron Yaakov The Israel Defense Forces - Flyovers, Navy & Army Bases, Hatzerim The Israel Defense Forces - Flyovers, Navy & Army Bases, Hatzerim Israel Defense Force - IDF Every year the Israel Defense Force allows members of the public access to some of the army, navy or air-force bases. The bases listed below will be open on Thursday from 9 am - 2 pm Navy Base Ashdod - together with the Ashdod Port Army Bases Northern Command Beit Hillel, Elika and Maalot Central Command Hativa Merhavit - Shomrom & in the Beka Kiryat Arba, 'Um Tzefa', Karmi Tzur, Alfei Menashe, Givat Hatachmoshet (Jerusalem), Ariel & Shaked Southern Command Machaneh Natan Matzadot Natan Matzadot Yoav Rahan and Sderot Bases Air Force Ramat David Technical college Tel Nof Air Force Museum - Hatzerim Israel Ground Forces - Infantry Latrun Air-Force jets will also be a flying over the following cities and towns (from 9:30 am) Beer Sheva, Yerucham, Dimona, Arad, Kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Beit Shean, Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Katzrin, Tzfat, Carmiel, Nahariya, Haifa, Cesearea, Netanya, TelAviv, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, Ofakim and Hatezerim. For the exact timetable in Hebrew, click here Outstanding Soldiers Outstanding Soldiers At 9:30am 120 soldiers from all units of the IDF who have been nominated as 'Outstanding' receive a certificate of excellence from the incumbent President during the traditional Independence Day ceremony at the President’s Residence. The International Bible Quiz The International Bible Quiz At 11:00am the finals of The International Bible Quiz, an annual event that brings together dozens of Jewish youth aged 14-18 from around the world, is held. Four representatives from Israel and twelve from around the world participate in the World Bible Quiz all competing for the title of Bible Chatan/Kallah. Two winners are announced - one from Israel and one from the Diaspora. The Israel Prize The Israel Prize At 7:00 pm as Independence Days draws to a close, the Israel Prize (Hebrew: פרס ישראל; "Pras Yisrael") is awarded by the State of Israel. 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