15 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Day in Singapore

Published on Jul 25, 2018

With red and white flags hung on streets, homes and community centres are already reminding us that National Day is fast arriving. What are you doing to ring in Singapore's 53rd birthday? If you haven't planned what to do, we've got you covered with these 10 fun ways to celebrate National Day this August!

1. Watch the National Day Parade

  • Date: 9 August 2018
  • Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay, Singapore

National Day Parade is as always the highlight of our National Day celebrations. With heart-pounding aerial displays and dazzling fireworks, this extravagant celebration brings together the entire Singapore and reminds us why this is home. Most of us may not have tickets to the event but it doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the action.

We've scouted a number of places that have good views of the fireworks:

  • Areas close to the Floating Platform with good views of fireworks include: Helix Bridge, Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Merlion Park, Esplanade Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and Marina Square - the entire place is likely to be very crowded so get your water bottles and snacks ready, and also get there early to chope the best views!
  • Another interesting spot that is close to the action is Sands Skypark Observation Deck. It is a little expensive but possibly offers the most unique perspective perched atop Singapore's famed "spaceship". After the fireworks, you can also head over to CÉ LA VI for their National Day Fiesta offering games, activities and National Day inspired food for the evening.  
  • A location slightly further away is the Marina Barrage. The rooftop area offers unblocked views of the fireworks and is a great place for the entire family to hang out without having to pay any entrance fees.
  • Gardens by the Bay is yet another family-friendly spot to check out. There are special exhibits for the Singapore Garden Festival and activities for the young and old, on top of the fireworks and aerials display you can catch in the area!
  • You've got to pay for Pororo Park but they too have a great vantage point from where you can catch the festivities together with Pororo and friends.

For those of you who desire a quiet dinner with great views, there's always Smoke & Mirror at National Gallery which offers great food along with spectacular views of the fireworks.

Another spot to check is the World's Highest Urban Craft Brewery at Level 33.

2. Watch the televised National Day Parade live in your neighbourhood

Don't want to squeeze with the crowd but still hope to get some of the celebratory vibes in your neighbourhood? These places are showing the National Day Parade LIVE. 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!

  • Tampines Hub
  • SAFRA Tampines
  • SAFRA Punggol
  • SAFRA Jurong
  • SAFRA Toa Payoh
  • SAFRA Yishun
  • Sports Hub

3. Invite your friends home for an NDP party

If it's quite some time since you've met with your closest friends, let National Day be the occasion where you come together for a cosy gathering! You don't even have to cook if you don't want to. There's always potluck, McDelivery or Foodpanda. :) 

Source: Channelnewsasia

4. Design SG-Themed Arts and Crafts at DIY Workshops

Aside from live screenings, SAFRA Tampines is organizing DIY arts workshop such as 3D Pen Printing Workshops, Galaxy Jar Workshops and Neon Test Tube Lava Lamp workshop to celebrate National Day. It's free for SAFRA guests and only cost $5 if you are not so why not get some artistic fun while you're in the celebratory mood. Remember to sign up on the MySafra portal by 8 August 2018 before you go down though!

5. Indulge in Singaporeans' favourite foods at RWS Street Eats

We feel that the most representative foods in Singapore are possibly found in hawker centres but if you're already at Sentosa on 9 August, why not check out the RWS Street Eats?

From 9 August to 19 August, RWS is inviting highly acclaimed Top Chef Vietnam 2014 finalist - Chef Cam Thien Long, also known as Chef Steven Long, who will be showcasing his popular Pho Bo & Vietnamese Summer Rolls, as well as Chef Zainal Abidin & Chef Mohd Fairus, who have captivated crowds around the region with their Flying Roti Canai.

You can also look forward to indulging in mouth-watering fusion pork dishes from the iconic Bali Pork Star!

Source: Ladyironchef

Sentosa aside, we hear that HomeTeamNS is organizing a JIN HO JIAK Food Festival at Bukit Batok. This year’s edition is all about the Thai Iced Milk Tea, Rainbow-anything, Churros, popcorn and other Insta-worthy food that won’t burn a hole in your wallets. 

  • Venue: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok
  • Date: 9 Aug (Thu) – 12 Aug (Sun)
  • Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Free Admission! This event is open to public

6. Exercise with a Singaporean twist at Singapore Sports Hub

This year, the Singapore Sports Hub is organizing a Sports Hub National Day Fiesta, featuring activities such as Workout Lah, Kopi Quiz, Local Heritage Bingo and even a Junior Super Warrior Challenge for children. Workout Lah caught our attention as it is a cardio-fusion dance workout specially choreographed with a uniquely Singaporean twist. Although registration is full, there's no harm just going down to see what it's all about!

Even though a number of activities are already full, there are many more to look out for. This includes free guided tours around the Sports Hub, local curators’ bazaar, music performances, bouncy castles and ethnic crafts workshops such as tile and batik painting where participants can bring home their own masterpiece. There will also be flag-making activities, badge-making workshops, and storytelling sessions at the Singapore Sports Museum and Sports Hub Library. Sports enthusiasts can also try their hand at sports stations such as Parkour, RED-X Games, ELXR Arena Container Gym, e-sports activities and more! There are so many things to do at The Sports Hub, we guarantee that you will not be bored!

7. Learn how to ride a horse

Gallop Stable is organizing a National Day Basic Riding Workshop on August 9 itself. Prices are pretty reasonable if you can get 5 people to sign up with you. Head to Gallop Stable website to find out more.

8. Get to know our National flowers at Gardens by the Bay

This National Day, Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan provides creative direction to this year’s Orchid Extravaganza floral display, accompanied by an array of Peranakan-themed Programmes to showcase the rich Peranakan culture.

You can stroll under clouds of overhanging orchids that are inspired by the smells and smoke that waft through the kitchen in local filmmaker Royston Tan’s film, Bunga Sayang (Flower of Love).

Or check out the beaded slippers, kebaya and framed embroidered designs on display! There is a special $5 off promotion for Singapore Residents, so this makes it a particularly good time to visit Gardens by the Bay. They are also having special events on these dates:

Peranakan Beading Demonstration

Jackie Sam, a veteran with over 25 years’ experience in creating intricate designs will provide a beading demonstration. Traditional Peranakan pieces will also be on display.

  • Date: 4 & 11 Aug 2018
  • Time: 12.30pm – 6.00pm

Suara Sayang

Suara Sayang, a 17 piece group made of singers and musicians playing the ukulele and zhong ruan (Chinese lute). They will sing adaptations of Peranakan songs such as 'Bunga Sayang' and 'Gunong Payong'.

  • Date: 4 Aug 2018
  • Time: 5.30pm – 6.00pm

9. Watch planes fly past Marina Barrage

Haven't got enough of the aerial displays on NDP? You can catch over 20 RSAF aircraft and aerial displays by the F-15SG, F-16Cs, and AH-64Ds at the RSAF50 @ Marina Barrage

  • Date: 11 & 12 August 2018
  • Time: 10am - 11am, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

To celebrate 50 years of RSAF, bring your families and friends for a picnic at Marina Barrage and dress in blue for a picnic at the Marina Barrage to catch our airmen and women in action at 10 am and 2:30 pm on both days. Come dressed in blue and help turn the Marina Barrage roof blue!

9. Experience an illuminated multimedia night walk at Rainforest Lumina

To celebrate its 45th birthday and Singapore's 53rd, the Singapore Zoo has organized the very unique Rainforest Lumina

The new Rainforest Lumina attraction is a nighttime experience that allows people to visit the zoo after dark and experience an illuminated multimedia walk through a set of interactive installations. With a unique story to tell about how everything is part of a larger whole, themed on the motto “We are One”, the Rainforest Lumina experience allows its visitors to immerse themselves in the world before them. Definitely an instagrammable fun experience that will tease all your senses!

10. Support outstanding Singaporean hairstylists 

There are lots of reasons why we prefer local hairstylists, including their immensely creative hair colours

Chez Vous

and accurate understanding of our hair issues.

Picasso Hair Studio

What better time to #supportlocal than on National Day? To make sure that you get as good an experience as possible, read more about which outstanding Singapore hairstylists you should go for. Before you head down though, remember to read up on the best hair and beauty promotions in Singapore so that you can get the best bang for your buck as you unwind and power up towards the end of 2018!

11. Support Singapore musicians FREE at Esplanade

Supporters of local music will be familiar with Baybeats, a 3-day music festival showcasing top Singapore and international acts covering genres such as folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between.

This year, the festival will be on 17-19 August 2018 at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Performances are free so why not head on down with your friends or your partners for a romantic (and cheap) evening out.

12. Sing Xinyao Songs / Singapore Related songs

As the saying goes, oldi is gold. Do you miss all the Singapore-themed Xinyao songs every time National Day come by? There is apparently a Xinyao Reunion Concert 2018 this year at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

It's on 25 August 2018 so if you're hoping to indulge in some nostalgia, this is the time! If you're hoping to Karaoke, there is the Singalong Singapore Concert 2018 where everyone can gather and sing together!

13. Head to the Singapore Night Festival

Every year, the Singapore Night Festival takes place and teleports guests to a midsummer's night celebration. The interactive light installations always keep festival-goers entranced. As there will be performances every night from 23 to 25 August, make sure to pay the festival a visit to find out what this year's theme is. 

  • Date: 18 - 26 August 2018
  • Time: 7.30pm - 12am
  • Venue: Bras Basah Precinct 

15. Run for Singapore

More on the sporty side? SAFRA is hosting the 26th edition of the Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon this August.

Don't worry if you didn't manage to register for it in time, there is the lighter Balestier Heritage Run where you can join the fun of wandering the neighbourhood in a team of 4-6 people and uncover local heritage as you raise funds for the underprivileged. 

  • Date: 12 August 2018
  • Time: 4.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Venue: 16 Ah Hood Road

There are so many things going on this August! How are you intending to spend National Day? Share your thoughts with us below!

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