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Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) in Israel

David Ben-Gurion, who was the first prime minister of Israel, publicly read the Declaration of Independence of Israel on May 14, 1948. According to the Jewish calendar, this was the fifth day of Iyar, the eighth month of the civil year, in the year 5708. The anniversary of this date on the Jewish calendar is known as Yom Ha'atzmaut and usually falls in April or May of the Gregorian Calendar.

Is Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) a Public Holiday?

Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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In the United States and other parts of the world, many Jewish communities observe Yom Ha'atzmaut, which marks the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence.

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About Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)

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Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuApr 23Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2016ThuMay 12Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2017TueMay 2Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2018ThuApr 19Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2019ThuMay 9Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2020WedApr 29Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2021ThuApr 15Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2022ThuMay 5Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2023WedApr 26Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2024TueMay 14Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew
2025ThuMay 1Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)National holiday, Hebrew

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