It was picture perfect weather for Israel's 63rd celebration of Independence.
Many Israeli's head for the parks and forests to hold bar-b-q's and cookouts – and my family and I were among them. All this of course meant the roads were packed with heavy traffic.
Last year there were 1.3 million people visiting nature sites across the land, and this year looked to supersede that.
On the official side of things, President Shimon Peres presented 120 soldiers with awards for excellence in service at his residence in Jerusalem.
Israel's Air Force marked the day with aerial demonstrations in various parts of the country. Here in Jerusalem there were three fly-overs in formation.
One of the lighter – but very serious occurrences every Independence day, is the International Bible Contest. Israel's Prime Minister is usually in attendance and this year Bibi Netanyahu was there to help present the winner with a scholarship to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
U.S. President Barak Obama sent greetings and “best wishes” to the State.
In his statement, President Obama again affirmed the United States' commitment to the security of Israel. America was the first country in the world to recognize Israel's Declaration of Independence read out in Tel Aviv by David Ben Gurion in 1948.
Middle East Correspondent