Israel’s 62nd Independence Day Festival

On Sunday April 25, the Consulate organized, along with a large group of volunteers, the third annual Indepence Day festival at Haulover Park. Close to 5,000 members of the Israeli community in South Florida joined together for a day in the park, a celebration of Israeli culture, food and sheer fun. The yacht parade brought over twenty boats, all carrying the Israeli flag. They sailed in single file through the Intercoastal and were cheered by people along the banks. The ten mile Bike ride through the streets of Sunny Isles Beach and Aventura drew over 100 bikers. The motorcycle ride, acoompanied by four police riders, drew 86 Israeli bikers all carrying the Israeli flags. Their roaring entrance into Haulover park was cheered by thousands of participants. The stage at the park hosted many Israeli singers, and dj’s encouraged the people to dance throughout the sunny afternoon. Food vendors made sure the crowd was well fed with Israeli Falafel and Shawarma. Hundreds of barbecues filled every available spot. Children enjoyed inflatable recreation rides and a climbing wall.

Next year’s celebration promises to be even bigger and better with the addition of a mini-marathon run. Join us as we will celebrate israel’s 63rd Independence day!


Ofer Bavly

Consul General of Israel

Florida and Puerto Rico

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