The declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel took place on May 14, 1948, the day in which the British Mandate over Palestine expired. The ceremony was held in the Tel Aviv Museum (today known as Independence Hall), but was not widely publicized as it was feared that the British Authorities might attempt to prevent it or that the Arab armies might invade earlier than expected. An invitation was sent out by messenger on the morning of 14 May telling recipients to arrive at 15:30 and to keep the event a secret. The event started at 16:00 and was broadcasted live as the first transmission of the new radio station Kol Yisrael.
At 16:00, Ben-Gurion opened the ceremony by banging his gavel on the table, prompting a spontaneous rendition of Hatikvah, soon to be Israel’s national anthem, from the 250 guests. On the wall behind the podium hung a picture of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and two flags, later to become the official flag of Israel.
David Ben-Gurion, read the text of the declaration – the Declaration of Independence, which is the founding document of the State of Israel.
Israel invites you to become part of history and join the original 37 signatures, and sign on the Declaration of Independence
Join the festivities –
April 18, 21:45-22:15 – Hallelujah Israel – Join and sing together at the event opening the celebrations of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. Following the Lighting of the Torches, in one single moment, “Hallelujah” will be simultaneously sung on various stages nationwide and in different Jewish communities around the world.
April 18, 23:45 – 07:00 – Blue and White Night – 70 km of beach parties nationwide. One night of concurrent and wild beach parties along Israel’s shores for youngsters 18+, subject to presentation of an ID card and advanced registration.
April 19, 19:30-23:00 – The Israeli Light Parade – at Namir Road, Tel Aviv – The entire family is invited to celebrate the Israeli spark in a first of its kind nighttime procession. Huge mobile light shows, introducing “Israeli stories” in a different and dazzling Israeli light.
April 20, 15:00-17:00 – Dancing on 5 of Iyyar and welcoming the Shabbat. We invite you to 15 mass folk dancing events nationwide, from north to south, to dance the “Hora 70”, reconstructing the declaration of independence 70 years ago together with artists and folk dance organizers.
April 21, 21:30-23:15 – The Nation’s Soundtrack, Park Be’er Sheva
Closing 70 hours of Independence Day celebrations with a unique tribute to the wonderful creators, performers and songs that accompanied us throughout Israel’s 70 years.