At least 1.5 million Israelis headed to national parks, forests, and urban parks to celebrate Israel's 63rd Independence Day on Tuesday, up 200,000 from last year, Army Radio reported. The prideful celebrators filled the parks with the sublime scent of barbecue foods, and also left their fair share of garbage. Army Radio said that at least 400 tons were collected.
The report also optimistically said that 400 tons was down from 2010's 450 tons, despite a larger number of people going to the outdoors in order to revel in the fantastic weather that graced this year's Independence Day.
The amount of Israelis in national parks and forests was so great this year that the Jewish National Fund was forced to make an official announcement ordering additional visitors to steer clear of several parks, saying they had reached their maximum capacity.