Jul 18, 2017
Fireworks and aerial displays are always the high points of every National Day Parade in Singapore, and the 2017 edition will be no different. We scout out the best places to be – free and otherwise – if you don’t have tickets to the main event.
This year, Singapore celebrates its 52nd birthday as #OneNationTogether, with the city-state also marking 50 years of National Service. With the Parade making a highly anticipated return to Float @ Marina Bay, the world’s largest floating stage, there is plenty for both locals and visitors to look forward to and excitement is sure to run high.
When do the fireworks happen?
Apart from two Preview shows on July 22 and 29, and the actual National Day Parade on August 9, the public can enjoy bonus fireworks on July 8 and 15, when a pared-down version is showcased for local students. While the bulk of the fireworks are set off from barges in the Marina Basin and in Marina Bay between Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer, many commercial buildings along the iconic city skyline also join in the dazzling visual chorus, including projected light images on the facade of The Fullerton Hotel, a gazetted national monument.
Other highlights include aerial displays courtesy of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Look to the skies as five F-15SG fighter aircraft execute manoeuvres of precision and finesse in an aerial salute. See if you can spot Singaporeans’ beloved Red Lions, the Singapore Armed Forces Parachute Team, as they free-fall through the sky before landing feet-first on the floating platform. Also as per tradition, Singapore’s state flag will be flown by a Chinook helicopter escorted by two AH-64D Apache helicopters.
Here are some prime areas that are popular with eager revellers and shutterbugs alike, and the public is advised to arrive early to stake out your spot. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
Those familiar with the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s outdoor concert venue will already know that this popular weekend hangout location provides an excellent view of all that goes on at the Bay, as well as a party atmosphere.
Whether you choose to dine at the many restaurants that line this development or jostle with the DSLR-toting shutterbugs along the waterfront, this stretch offers another stellar vantage point.