By: Arman Shah
9 August 2015 sees the National Day Parade (NDP) taking place at the Padang and Marina Bay Float, and this year’s grand celebration promises to be bigger than ever as Singapore turns 50. On that historic night, fireworks will illuminate the heavenly skies to mark the Lion City’s golden jubilee. If you plan on witnessing this spectacular sight, head on down to these spots around Marina Bay where you can catch the fantastic pyrotechnics display for free.
Half-fish, half-lion, the iconic Merlion statue has arguably the best non-paid view of the fireworks this coming National Day. You too can enjoy the same vista by heading down to Merlion Park, where you’ll be awed by other NDP highlights like the 21 Gun Salute and amazing Aerial Display featuring 50 aircrafts. Live streaming of the parade will also be broadcast on LED screens.
Dubbed “The Durian” by locals, the Esplanade is another great site to catch the NDP fireworks. Over the National Day long weekend, the waterfront theatre will also be hosting Our Esplanade Estate, a festival that celebrates the diverse arts in Singapore with performances by various bands, choirs and dance troupes. For more information click here.
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Also known as the Lawn @ Marina Bay, this open field along Marina Boulevard is a popular congregating point during major national events like NDP. A handful of viewing stands have been put up this year to give you an even better view of the pyrotechnics spectacle. Live streaming of the parade will also be broadcast on LED screens.
Gardens by the Bay
Showcasing Singapore as a modern-day “City in the Garden”, this futuristic park lets you enjoy its main attractions like the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome in the daytime. When night falls, it’s an ideal venue to experience the stunning NDP fireworks extravaganza. You can also check out the Garden Rhapsody during this National Day long weekend, where talented local vocalists perform nostalgic songs from yesteryear.
The Singapore Flyer
If you’re really serious about seeing the fireworks up close and personal, pay for a ride on this iconic ferris wheel, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the Marina Bay precinct. If you’d rather be closer to the ground, enjoy live streaming of the parade, that will also be broadcast onto LED screens.
Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage doesn’t just increase Singapore’s freshwater supply, it also serves as a family-friendly park where you can have a lovely picnic and enjoy the not-too-shabby views of the NDP fireworks. Live streaming of the parade will also be broadcasted on LED screens.