Nations around the world say: Happy 73rd, Israel!

Landmark buildings as well as municipalities and city halls in cities all over the world light up in blue and white to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day.

San Francisco, USA city hall illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (photo credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
San Francisco, USA city hall illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021.
(photo credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Israel's 73rd Independence Day is being celebrated not only in Israel, but by nations all around the world.
Cities across the US, such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, as well as the state of Florida lit up their city halls in blue lights to stand in solidarity and celebration with Israel.
Hard Rock Hotel in Florida lights up in blue for Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Hard Rock Hotel in Florida lights up in blue for Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Las Vegas City Hall lights up in blue for Israel's 73rd Indpendence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Las Vegas City Hall lights up in blue for Israel's 73rd Indpendence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
The congratulations didn't stop in the US: São Paulo, Brazil, and Vilnius, Lithuania both home to significant Jewish communities with a rich and storied history, shone in blue for Israel's Independence Day.
Building of the Industrial Chamber of Sao Paulo honors Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Building of the Industrial Chamber of Sao Paulo honors Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
The four bridges of Vilnius, Lithuania are illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)The four bridges of Vilnius, Lithuania are illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Vancouver City Hall, British Columbia, Canada, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Vancouver City Hall, British Columbia, Canada, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Los Angeles City Hall lights up in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Indpendence Day, April 15, 2021. (FOREIGN MINISTRY)Los Angeles City Hall lights up in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Indpendence Day, April 15, 2021. (FOREIGN MINISTRY)
The Beverly Hills City Hall building lights up in blue, and shines an American and Israeli flag intertwined, in honor and celebration of Israel's 73rd Indepenedence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)The Beverly Hills City Hall building lights up in blue, and shines an American and Israeli flag intertwined, in honor and celebration of Israel's 73rd Indepenedence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Coit Tower, one of the iconic landmarks of San Francisco, California, lights up in blue to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Coit Tower, one of the iconic landmarks of San Francisco, California, lights up in blue to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
San Francisco, USA city hall illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)San Francisco, USA city hall illuminated in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
In Boston, bridges and buildings all over the city marked Israel's Independence Day with lights.
Boston's bridges light up in blue and white to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Boston's bridges light up in blue and white to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Boston's bridges light up in blue and white to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Boston's bridges light up in blue and white to celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
The Boston City Hall lights up in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)The Boston City Hall lights up in blue and white for Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Canada saluted to Israel as well, lighting up in blue.
The Manitoba parliament building in Winnipeg, Canada, shines in blue for Israel's Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)The Manitoba parliament building in Winnipeg, Canada, shines in blue for Israel's Independence Day, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Kiev marked Israel's Independence Day as well, with the city's mayor, Vitali Klitschko, and Israel's Ambassador to Kiev Joel Lion lighting ceremonial candles together, celebrating the diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Kiev's city hall lights up in blue, as the Israeli ambassador and the mayor celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day together, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)Kiev's city hall lights up in blue, as the Israeli ambassador and the mayor celebrate Israel's 73rd Independence Day together, April 15, 2021. (Credit: FOREIGN MINISTRY)
Heads of state from around the world sent curated and sincere messages to Israel of honor and congratulations on the country's 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.
US President Joe Biden wished Israel a "wonderful day of celebration," in a letter to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
"The United States was the first country to recognize Israel as an independent state on May 14, 1948, and our ties have only grown." 
Biden ended his letter calling Israel and the US "united" and "long-standing partners with shared democratic values," and promised that America is "unwavering in its commitment to Israel's security." 
"Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach," Biden signed off.
Vice President Kamala Harris also wished Israel a happy Independence Day on Twitter, writing "After 73 years, the US-Israel bond remains strong and unbreakable. We look forward to building on our friendship and partnership in the years to come. Yom ha’atzmaut sameach!"
 
 
King Felipe VI of Spain wished for the "peace and prosperity of the precious Jewish people in the State of Israel" and Swiss President Guy Parmelin sent warm wishes to Israel for Independence Day.
Polish President Andrzej Duda noted the old and storied relationship between the two countries in his letter, while Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen wrote about the relationship of trust between the State of Israel and Austria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in his letter to Rivlin that "The friendly relations between Russia and Israel continue to develop in all areas - for the benefit of our people, for the sake of strengthening peace, security and stability in the Middle East."
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind wrote "Congratulations to the president, the government and the entire people of Israel on the occasion of your Independence Day."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in wished the country "good health and continued success and eternal prosperity for the State of Israel."
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier took the opportunity to "congratulate the State of Israel on its amazing immunization program. I hope that thanks to it, you and the whole nation of Israel will soon be able to return to your familiar routine."
French President Emmanuel Macron wrote to Rivlin that "Israel can be sure that France will always stand by it, and together our countries will continue to progress and develop on the basis of the wonderful friendship to which you have personally contributed so much."
Italian President Sergio Mattarella told Rivlin that Israel demonstrated "exceptional ability" in handling the coronavirus outbreak in the first months of this year, "strengthening our common hope that we can handle it and restore serenity to our communities."
Dutch President Willem-Alexander wished Israel "Strength, courage and health as we work together to deal with the coronavirus."
The King of Tonga Tupou VI sent Rivlin "blessings and sincere wishes for the health and prosperity of the residents of the State of Israel."
Thai King Rama X sent sincere wishes on the occasion of Israel's Independence Day and Canadian Governor-General Richard Wagner wrote that "Canada values the long history of friendliness and cooperation between the two countries."
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wrote that, for 73 years, "Israel has excelled in almost all areas of human endeavor," while Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa "ongoing friendship, mutual understanding and fruitful cooperation prevail between our countries."
The president also received letters from ambassadors, Jewish leaders and Jewish organizations from around the world.