Israel Air Force fighter jets took to the skies of Israel on Thursday in celebration of its 73rd Independence Day amid a lifting of most COVID restrictions.

The annual flyover was limited last year due to the pandemic, but this time Israelis were permitted to observe. Members of the public were able to track the flyover’s exact course via a phone application. It was just one of the many activities that took place to mark the Jewish’s state gaining independence following the first Israel-Arab war.

 

As dusk marked the end of Israel’s national day of mourning for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror on Tuesday, the country transitioned to jubilant celebrations for its 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday evening.

Israel’s most prominent public figures gathered at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem to usher in the holiday. The festivities opened with a torch-lighting ceremony honoring health care professionals who put their lives on the line to treat COVID-19 patients for nearly a year.

Cities, towns, and villages across the country marked Israel’s 73rd birthday with fireworks and live entertainment, with many featuring the Jewish state’s top singers and performers.

 

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