The sky will be lighting up on 9 August 2019 to celebrate the biggest annual celebration in Singapore – National Day! This year, the colourful parade and dazzling fireworks will be happening at the historic Padang in connection with Singapore’s Bicentennial. And for the first time in more than 30 years, fireworks will go off over the Singapore River to mark where many of Singapore’s ancestors began their lives as it was the centre of trade, commerce and finance.
Missed out on tix? Don’t fret! Not only are the practices open to the public, they happen almost nightly so you can pop by St Andrews Road after 8pm to enjoy a mini light show. You can also catch the fireworks and airshows during the National Day rehearsals and we’ve found the best spots around town offering front-row views where the whole family can catch the displays from.
Pororo Park Singapore
The whole family can really get in the party mood at Pororo Park Singapore for the National Day celebrations, where you’ll find activities including airbrush tattoos, balloon sculpting, a live streaming of the National Day Parade and a scrumptious feast for all. An aerial view of the fireworks display seals the deal.
Pororo Park Singapore, #02-29, 6 Raffles Boulevard, 039594, costs: family Package (2 adults, 2 kids) from $200, single child from $65, single adult from $55; www.eventbrite.sg
Smoke & Mirrors at National Gallery
Not only is Smoke & Mirrors offering front-row seats to all the action on National Day AND its rehearsals, it’s also got a special local dinner buffet prepared. Whether you’re heading down for a sneak preview or the big day itself, you’ll get to munch on plenty of local treats like chicken rice, bak kut teh, signature Peking duck and Laksa while enjoying the show.
Smoke & Mirrors, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 178957; www.smokeandmirrors.com.sg
The rooftop garden at the Esplanade has some of the best seats in the house. Just be sure to get there early to snag your spot or you can head down to the river and Esplanade Waterfront for a closer view.
Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981; www.esplanade.com
The newly opened Funan boasts a rooftop garden that will be great for catching the highly anticipated aerial displays and fireworks. There’s plenty of brand new shops and restaurants to explore before the celebration begins too!
Funan, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105; www.funan.com.sg
Where better to see the sky lit up than in, well, the sky? Jump aboard the world’s second tallest observation wheel for scenic views towards the Marina Bay area, and catch the firework display safely in your capsule without fear of being crushed by the crowds. Getting the timing right might be a bit tricky for this one, so make your booking soon!
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803, p. 6333 3311; www.singaporeflyer.com
Pack a picnic and capture some amazing family photos up on Marina Barrage as the fireworks pop behind you. The spacious rooftop area is ideal for families to hang out at and is the perfect spot for being wowed by the celebrations in the sky once the sun goes down.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951; www.pub.gov.sg/marinabarrage
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is always a sure hit with the kids when it comes to family-friendly activities, so why not head over to check out the domes, cool off at the free water playground and then head to the OCBC Skyway after dinner? You’ll get 360-degree views of not only the Marina Bay area where the fireworks are happening, but the South China Sea too. If your ants-in-their-pants kids are not cut out for a sit-down meal, then bag some turf around the Bay East Garden for best views from the ground.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Go up, up and away to the Sands Skypark Observation Deck atop Marina Bay Sands for a bird’s-eye view of the entire world (well okay, maybe not the world, but certainly most of Singapore). This scenic spot may be a bit pricey ($23 for adults and $17 for kiddos over two years), but it can’t be beaten for catching the spectacular fireworks. Or how about heading to CÉ LA VI for a date night with plenty of tipple and, of course, a pretty decent view of the fireworks to wrap up the festivities.
CÉ LA VI, 57/F Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, p. 6688 7688; www.sg.celavi.com
East Coast Park
Take the family for an evening stroll along East Coast Park. Pack a picnic (and the mozzie spray!) and pitch yourself a spot along the beach to watch the fun. You should be able to see the higher blasts of pyrotechnics – the best views will be towards the Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay park connector.
East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449876; www.nparks.gov.sg
This one is a pretty option even without a backdrop of fireworks, but sadly kiddos will have to be left at home while the grown-ups dine on tasty dinner options including steak and frites, lobster and scallop carpaccio and chicken cordon bleu with Paris ham and melted cheese. Add signature cocktails, a swanky rooftop setting and knock-out views of the festivities, and you have yourself the perfect evening. Sorry kids!
Lantern Bar, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326, p. 6597 5299; www.fullertonhotels.com
The Lawn and The Promontory@Marina Bay
Bring the family, plenty of snacks and your cameras and head to The Lawn where you can sit, relax and enjoy the firework show from your picnic mat.
The Promontory@Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940; www.marina-bay.sg
Merlion Park, Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge
Another great area for top views of the fun, but also likely to be jam-packed. Bag a spot early and stand your ground!
With plenty of kid-friendly places to eat along One Fullerton, make an early booking for an outside table with a spot-on view of all the fun happening across the water around Marina Bay. Family-friendly eats include Over Easy (think burgers ‘n’ fries), The Pelican (seafood bar and grill), Palm Beach Seafood and the easiest choice of all: Starbucks!
1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213; thefullertonheritage.com
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, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555; www.acm.org.sg
Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556; www.vtvch.com
Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
You can get a pretty good view from these spots. It’s likely to be chock-a-block so get there early and prepare to possibly be a little bit squashed!
A little-known spot is the open-air roof at Millennia Walk. Head towards the Japanese restaurants on level 2, where you can grab a quick dinner before the fireworks start. There’s plenty of space and benches for everyone to get a glimpse of the night sky.
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596; www.milleniawalk.com
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