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World landmarks light up in blue and white in honor of Israel’s Independence Day

US city halls from Austin to Boston, Denver to Houston decked out in Israeli flag colors, with capitals in Ukraine, Lithuania, Uzbekistan joining in on the fun

  • Denver's city call lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Israeli-American Council)
    Denver's city call lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Israeli-American Council)
  • Boston's City Hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Boston's City Hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • San Francisco's Coit Tower lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    San Francisco's Coit Tower lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • Beverly Hills city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Beverly Hills city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • Los Angelos city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Los Angelos city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • Las Vegas city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Las Vegas city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • Vancouver's city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    Vancouver's city hall lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • The four bridges in Vilnius, Lithuania lit up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    The four bridges in Vilnius, Lithuania lit up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
  • The Chamber of Commerce in San Paolo  lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)
    The Chamber of Commerce in San Paolo lights up in blue and white in honor of Israel's Independence Day on April 14, 2021. (Foreign Ministry)

Buildings and landmarks across the US and the globe lit up in blue and white Tuesday evening in celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day.

The initiative, which in the US was spearheaded by the Israeli-American Council, saw New York’s Cuomo Bridge along with city halls in Austin, Beverly Hills, Boston, Denver, Hollywood, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco light up in the colors of Israel’s flag.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also extended “warmest wishes” on behalf of the Biden administration in honor of the occasion.

Outside the US, Ukraine joined in on the festivities, lighting up its city hall in Kyiv in blue and white. In Zagreb, Croatia, an Israeli flag was being projected on a fountain in the city center. In Uzbekistan, the Israeli flag was being projected on a hotel overlooking the central Amira Temura Square in the country’s capital of Tashkent. Similar gestures were seen in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, San Paulo and Vilnius.

Independence Day began Wednesday evening, as Memorial Day came to an end, with the annual state ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

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