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American cities will light up for Israeli Independence Day

America is honoring the Independence Day of its closest ally – Israel. Buildings across the United States will light up in the blue-and-white colors of the Israeli national flag to honor Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, which starts on Wednesday evening and lasts through Thursday.

The buildings will display the colors beginning n the night of April 14 and through April 18 as part of a “Celebrate Israel” festival organized by the Israeli-American Council (IAC).

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Among the landmarks and buildings scheduled to be illuminated are Austin City Hall, Boston’s City Hall and Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Cleveland’s Terminal Tower, Denver City Hall, Las Vegas City Hall and Los Angeles City Hall. Also participating will be several town halls in New Jersey areas that have a substantial Israeli-American population, including Closter, Demarest, Fairlawn and Tenafly.

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The festival will also feature a global concert by Israeli musicians Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, T-Slam and Sarit Hadad. The performance will be live-streamed across the United States from Israel’s Jerusalem International Convention Center at 7 p.m. on April 18. Other American cities. like St. Louis, are holding their own events.