With red and white flags hung on streets, homes and community centres are already reminding us that National Day is arriving!
National Day Parade 2019 will return to the Padang on 9th of August 2019 to celebrate 54 years of independence and to commemorate Singapore’s bicentennial. What are you doing to ring in Singapore’s 54th birthday?
If you haven’t planned what to do, we’ve pulled together 18 fun ways to celebrate National Day this August!
NDP 2019 Parade Show & Fireworks
This year, National Day Parade will be held at Padang (instead of the Marina Bay floating platform) as the country marks 200 years since the founding of modern Singapore.
Prepare yourself to soak in the spectacular entertainment, including parade, sky diving, choir performances, school bands, presentations and beautiful fireworks which will go off above the City Hall area.
Here are some free areas that are open to the general public to view fireworks:
The Merlion Park and One Fullerton stretch of restaurants.
The Esplanade rooftop, Esplanade Waterfront, Esplanade Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and Queen Elizabeth Walk.
The Promontory at Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands
Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Open-air roof at Millenia Walk
This year, on 10th of August fireworks are coming to a heartland too!
Jurong East (open field next to Westgate)
Woodlands (open field next to Causeway Point)
Bishan (open field next to Bishan Bus Interchange)
Wisma geylang Serai (open field next to Geyland Serai Community Club)
Punggol (open field next to Waterway Point)
Marina Bay & Marina Barrage
Besides joining in the National Day festivities, why not take some time to explore the area? From award-winning dining experiences to iconic attractions and innovative experiences, Marina Bay offers a treat for all senses.
Garden by the Bay
Dates: 26 Jul-15 Sep 2019
Best spot to view NDP Fireworks: Bay East Garden
Gardens by the Bay presents Orchid Extravaganza of the colourful landscape of over 15,000 orchids, comprising more than 80 varieties including heritage orchids such as Aranthera Anne Black, Aranda Bertha Braga and Dendrobium Tay Swee Keng.
What’s more, get an up-close look at the technical marvels of the Gardens’ futuristic attraction by strolling along OCBC Skyway, which connects 2 of these towering Supertrees.
This 128-metre long aerial walkway is an experience not to be missed, giving visitors glorious photo-taking opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the surrounding flora.
Have a fun-filled family day with interactive play delights, water play features and educational programmes in a lush natural setting at Children’s Garden. Don’t forget to bring swim wear and let your children have a splashing good time with our water play features.
At night, soak in the beautiful experience of Garden Rhapsody music & lights dancing in daily shows (7:45pm & 8:45pm)!
Fun Ride at Singapore Flyer
Bring your little ones for a stunning view of the city by day or by night on the Singapore Flyer (165 metres above the ground!). The giant Ferris Wheel is sure to be an eye-opener for your children as they take in the view of the island. Naturally, it’s also one of the best places to watch the National Day fireworks.
Fun at Singapore Zoo
Dates: 14June-9 Feb 2020
Take a walk in the wild, and uncover the stories and sensory treasures of nature with Rainforest Lumina. Rainforest Lumina was the first such experience in Southeast Asia from July 2018 to February 2019 as part of Singapore Zoo’s 45th anniversary celebrations. It is now back for its second season since 14 June this year, and will run till 9 February 2020.
Visitors can expect to be enthralled by a mesmerising, audio-visual experience that occurs within Singapore Zoo with 10 interactive zones. Merging story and setting, Rainforest Lumina feature a distinctive narrative where visitors will meet the Creature Crew, a quirky group of unlikely heroes who will take you through a magical adventure like no other.
To learn more about this inaugural event and grab your tickets, check out www.rainforestlumina.sg
Staycation Holiday with the Family
This year the National Day holiday happens to fall on the Friday before the Hari Raya Haji holiday (in lieu) on Monday. That makes a super long 4-day weekend. Therefore, you can consider to spend time with your family in one of the local hotel in the central area or Sentosa.
Our favorite hotels to enjoy fireworks:
Naumi Hotel / The Westin / Pan Pacific Hotel
Marina Mandarin Hotel / Fairnmont Hotel
Swissotel the Stamford / The Fullerton Hotel
Marina Bay Sands / Fullerton Bay Hotel
Ritz Carlton Hotel
Family Fun at the National Museum
Date: 9 August 2018
Time: 10am – 8.30pm
Celebrate National Day with the whole family at National Museum of Singapore which prepared a special National Day Open House for a day of fun programmes and live music performances.
Discover Singapore’s rich social history, explore various galleries at your own pace with the interactive Family Guide “Get Curious!” and try to spot artifacts with the Early Learning Resources, keep your minds active and hands busy at intergenerational workshops and sensory playdates, join a tour to discover interesting facts about Singapore and the world, and more!
To find out more: www.nationalmuseum.sg
Singapore Sports Hub: National Day Fiesta
Date: 9 Aug, 10am to 9pm, OCBC Square
Experience Singapore’s rich culture through fun, hands-on and interactive activities!
Some of the event highlights are live waterfront NDP Telecast, Family picnic, RED-X challenge through obstacle course, OHANA games, dance workout with a unique Singaporean twist, inflatable playground, carnival game stalls, face painting, and much more…
To find out more: www.sportshub.com.sg/NDFiesta
Fun at Sentosa
National Day of Singapore is a perfect occasion to visit Sentosa from 19th July to 18th August 2019 to celebrate Singapore’s 54th year of independence with a myriad of activities and performance to choose from!
Celebrate with Music!
Formed with a fiery passion for music, Auburn Daze is a 3-piece band based in Singapore. Drawing influence from the wide variety of music each member adopts. Expect to be greeted by a medley of hit music in their sets.
Set Timings: 5:15pm 6:15pm 7:15pm
To find out more: www.sentosa.com.sg
Book Unique Experience with the Floating Donut or Ximula Sail Sunset Cruise
Cruise the waters around the amazing cityscape of Singapore’s Marina Bay, sipping wine or drinking a cold beer and eating yummy food with the Floating Donut Company. They provide everything you need for a fun boat cruise with loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Enjoy Ximula Sail Sunset Cruise with your family and friends!
It will take a tour around the Southern Islands as the sun sets, and anchor in St. John’s bay for some light snacks and drinks. While at anchor, you can jump into the water for a quick swim. It will then end with a cruise to the Marina Bay area for a stunning night view of our iconic city skyline. Not to miss!
To find out more: www.ximulasail.com
Explore National Heritage Trail
There’s no better way to explore Singapore than on a trail route. Take your pick from eight walking trails and a river cruise, designed to introduce you to Singapore’s history, architecture, culture and local cuisine.
Savour the cultural and architectural richness of the Peranakan, Kampong Glam and Museum trails, enjoy the outdoors on the Bukit Timah Trail, step back in time with the Fort Canning and Civic District trails, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Little India and Chinatown trails! Read about trail routes here
Family Time at the Botanic Gardens
Date: 10 Aug 2019
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday with Singapore Chinese Orchestra, an evening of nostalgic and patriotic songs, it brings you evergreen favourites such as We are Singapore, Stand Up for Singapore and Voices from the Heart.
Be sure to grab your picnic baskets and bring your family and friends and sing along to your favourite songs! Feel the musical heartbeat and let’s come dressed in red to celebrate the nation’s birthday!
To find out more: www.nparks.gov.sg
Fun at National Library
Indulge in Singapore’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and the unique Singaporean identity this National Day! Celebrate it by crafting your very own Singapore identity and expanding on your creativity through colours.
Celebrate National Day through sports at GetActive!Singapore
Date: 1Aug-10Aug 2019
For details of what’s happening at 14 festive sites around Singapore, go to: events.myactivesg.com/getactive2019
National Day Concert at Esplanade
Date: 10 Aug 2019
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Note: Admission for ages 6 and above.
Celebrate Singapore’s National Day in this all-Singaporean showcase of homegrown musical flair. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Singapore Symphony Chorus directed by conductor Joshua Tan, for a jubilant evening of familiar favourites and new inspirations. This is home, truly, and our music will tell us so. Buy tickets here
Free Admission for all ages
Celebrating Our Nation’s Pride with Lion City Brass Band
Date: 11 Aug 2019
Time: 3pm & 6:30pm
Enjoy an exhilarating performance as the Lion City Brass Band, led by Music Director Ignatius Wang, presents an exciting concoction of virtuosic brass music, local tunes and National Day Parade favourites!
National Day 2019 Celebration @ Pororo Park Singapore!
Date: 9 Aug 2019
Time : 6pm-10pm
Many fun-filled activities awaits your little one here! Everyone can enjoy the Aerial View of the fireworks with no crowds or lines!
Savour a delicious buffet meal and let your little one go on an unlimited playtime adventure from 6pm-10pm with free kids exciting activities such as airbrush tattoos, balloon sculpting, a live streaming of the National Day Parade and a free take-home goodie bag worth up to $200 for every child!
Buy tickets: www.eventbrite.sg
One Fullerton – Splendid Cuisines. Spectacular Views!
With its alfresco flair and unique urban promenade, the all-day waterfront dining and entertainment destination, One Fullerton is also directly adjacent to the well-recognised historic Merlion Park which is home to the Merlion – Singapore’s icon that attracts over 1 million unique visitors every year.
Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Concert Hall
These wouldn’t typically provide the best views but the celebrations are happening just a stone’s throw away at the Padang, so pull up a picnic mat on the lawn and enjoy the show!
Asian Civilisations Museum: www.acm.org.sg
Victoria Concert Hall: www.vtvch.com
NDP Live Screening in your neighborhood
Don’t want to squeeze with the crowd but still hope to get some of the celebratory vibes in your neighborhood? Check dates and places for the National Day Parade LIVE screening. There are plenty of seats, pre-parade activities and free goodie bags full of NDP memorabilia so why not get your family down to experience the joyful atmosphere!
Become Tourists for a Day
Hop-on to the City Sightseeing bus, DUCK &HIPPO Tours or Singapore River Cruise and get ready to see Singapore like you’ve never seen her before! Cameras and sunblock are a must for this activity.
Some of the many attractions covered by the routes are: Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Botanic Gardens, Marina Bay Sands, National Museum, Chinatown, Singapore Flyer, Little India, Kampong Glam.
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