As Israelis took advantage of the balmy temperatures Wednesday to stream to parks for Independence Day celebrations, several popular attractions were filled to capacity by the early afternoon.
The entrance road to the popular IAF open house at Ramat David was closed by 1:45 p.m. An estimated 50,000 people streamed to the northern IAF base, causing serious traffic jams from Nahalal Junction onward. By 1:30, all of the Kinneret Beaches in Tiberias were full to capacity.
The parking facilities at the Leumi Park in Ashkelon were filled to capacity by 9:15 a.m., when the park was closed to additional visitors coming by car. Even so, by 12:30, the park was full to capacity.
The Haruvit forest in Kiryat Malachi was also closed by the same time, and over 7,000 people had already filled the Malachim forest near Kiryat Gat, which was expected to close shortly after.