Singapore National Day
Singapore – One of the countries in Asia with so much to offer such as its cutting-edge technology and fast economic growth. Visiting one of the most advanced countries in Southeast Asia can be one of a lifetime experience, especially during their National Day.
Singapore holds its National Day on 9th of August in memory of their freedom from Malaysia in 1965. This national day is held to commemorate the country that defies the odds, this tiny island was doubted a long time ago but now has survived and has been one of the leading countries in Southeast Asia, and Asia all over. Now Singapore has been known for its financial center and major commercial hub generally admitted as the global player on the world.
On Singapore’s National Day, tons of entertainment are conducted to please the people of Singapore as well as spectators from all over the world. Among the shows are choir performances, school bands, and presentations. After that, there will be a joyful parade to be enjoyed of multicultural performances such as music, dancing as well as military personnel performance including aerial high jink. Displays of Singapore defensive capabilities will also leave you in awe.
The national narrative shall also be retold in varying ways during the National Day Parade. To end the special day of Singapore, there will be massive fireworks extravaganza framed by the Marina Waterfront and singing of the Singapore National Anthem. The spectacular view is certainly the one that you can’t forget for a very long time.
There is something exceptional though if you want to enjoy the parade on Singapore’s National Day. There are tickets only available for citizens or permanent residents. They can ballot a maximum of six seats in May every year and need to wait for the announcement in June. A speech will also be issued on Sunday following the National Day by the Prime Minister and this day is called the National Day Rally. The Prime Minister shall address the difficulties and prospect that the country has been facing. This really has been done since 1966 and is an important part of Singapore National Day.
What else is fun? The fun doesn’t end there! Spectators at the National Day Parade will also get a fun pack. It is the official goodie bag of the Singapore National Day made of water-resistant material and is lightweight! It also has snacks, drinks, even bandanna, and light sticks, and do keep in mind the design can vary each year. What fun! If you don’t get the tickets for National Day Parade, not to worry because you can still watch a spectacular show of fireworks outside of the stadium, anywhere within the country.
For 2019 National Day Parade, the parade venue will be the Padang. This place is located near the City Hall as the milestone in the country’s history. This place also holds a special spot for witnessing so many key events. In this year, Singapore will also commemorate its 200 years since the founding of the island by none other than Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
What if you don’t get the tickets to National Day Parade? Fret not! You can still watch the magnificent firework from these places with your loved ones!
1. Gardens by The Bay
Head to Bay East Garden that is accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage and you will get to witness the spectacular show.
2. Merlion Park
What is more Singapore than Merlion Park? This destination is the prominent tourist destination and surely will be packed with visitors. However, it’ll be spectacular to celebrate the national day with people all around the world!
3. The Esplanade Roof Terrace
You can visit The Esplanade Roof Terrace as this place has the bird’s eye view. Imagine watching fireworks with Singapore skyline as the background.
4. Marina Bay Sands
There is a not so hidden spot between The Sail and Marina Bay Center. This place is a grass lawn where you can create quite a distance from the crowd.
5. Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
These two bridges are also popular to watch the fireworks from. It’s positioned next to a floating platform and has a good view. Be sure to come early and secure spot to get the best view.
6. Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage might not be the best spot but it’s not so crowded. You will be awed by the city skyline while lazing on the grass. Also, don’t forget to bring some snacks if you intend to picnic.
Feeling the rush already? Now go get your airplane tickets to feel the festive of Singapore National Day and taste all things Singaporean!