I look at it as a national holiday. Usually I make a barbeque on that day and my family will light up some fireworks. – Meir Dobkin, student
Yes, It means a lot to me, especially because I have friends and family members who are and have been in the military. I remember huge celebrations of the Fourth of July even when I was in Jerusalem. I definitely will be celebrating the day.
No, but I do thank God we have this democratic country. My grandparents came from Ukraine, where there were no freedoms, so I appreciate the significance of the day. However, for me Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut is more important. I used to celebrate Israel’s independence day, but lately I don’t, due to all the corruption there.
– Chaim Breitkopf, student
Yes, but generically. I may go out to dinner with my family and watch the fireworks. To me, the day is very important and still very relevant to Americans. The colors of the fireworks reflect our diversity in this country.
– Ron Goldman, professor