Get ready for all the National Day fun with our guide to what SG55 will look like this year.
National Day 2020 in Singapore, SG55, is edging closer (the earth-shattering noise of the jet fighters buzzing over town has probably been a hint!). So what can you expect for the celebrations while we’re still in the grips of a pandemic? Well, for starters, to ensure social distancing, this year’s National Day will focus more on us celebrating in our own homes. Yes, there will be a parade. But rather than being in one central location (the floating platform at Marina Bay), parade segments will be moving to the heartlands. And everything will also be streamed live on both TV and online. What else is happening, you ask? Read on!
National Day 2020: what to expect
This year’s theme is Together, A Stronger Singapore, which we reckon is pretty apt considering the year we’ve had so far! It’s meant to be a rallying call to Singaporeans to push forward and determine Singapore’s future, in spite of the difficulties we’ve encountered.
The theme song
This year’s theme song is performed by Nathan Hartono and is called “Everything I Am”. It’s an ode to the Singapore spirit of togetherness, and encourages Singaporeans to be appreciative and kind to each other. We likey!
The morning: Strength of our Nation
All the things you know and love about National Day are still going ahead. The day will start with a message from the Prime Minister, and then continue on into the parade, presidential gun salute, mobile column and more. Then there’ll be a state flag flypast to coincide with flag-raising ceremonies across the island, and six F-15SG fighter jets will also perform a Roar of Unity display over our housing estates. The Red Lions, a perennial crowd favourite, will make an appearance in the heartlands for the first time, too.
The afternoon: at-home National Day participation
Then it’s onto the active participation at home! This year’s National Day will encourage Singaporeans to enjoy the celebrations from the comfort of their homes. You can expect workouts, cooking and craft activities, among other goings on.
The evening show
As for the evening show, the number of performers has been drastically slashed (down to around 100 people compared to 2.600 last year). In addition, currently there are no plans for any live spectators (sob!).
Heartland fireworks will take place at more than 10 locations across Singapore. Love us a good firework.
Here’s to a happy – if slightly different – National Day this year. Majulah Singapura!