By: Arman Shah
Come 9th August 2015, the Padang and Marina Bay Float will be abuzz with the National Day Parade. This year’s grand celebration promises to be bigger than ever, as Singapore turns half a century old. If you didn’t score any tickets to the fiesta but want to catch the fireworks that will illuminate the skies that night, head down to the Marina Bay area anyway – we suggest these cool spots for you to witness the fantastic pyrotechnics display for (mostly) free.
Half-fish, half-lion, the iconic Merlion statue has arguably the best non-paid view of the fireworks. Plonk yourself down and be awed by not only the light fiesta, but also other NDP highlights like the 21 gun salute and aerial display, featuring 50 aircrafts. The parade will also be streamed live via LED screens.
Dubbed “The Durian” by locals, the Esplanade is another great site to catch the NDP fireworks. Over the long public holiday 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 meeting point during major national events. A handful of viewing stands will be put up this year to give you a better view of the pyrotechnics. There are also LED screens for you to watch the parade live.
Gardens by the Bay
Showcasing Singapore as a modern-day “City in the Garden”, this futuristic park is an ideal venue at night to experience the stunning NDP fireworks extravaganza. You can also check out the Garden Rhapsody during the long National Day weekend, where talented local vocalists perform nostalgic songs from years gone by.
Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage doesn’t just boost Singapore’s freshwater supply, it also serves as a family-friendly park. Pack a picnic dinner and revel in the not-too-shabby view of the fireworks.
The Singapore Flyer
Want to see the fireworks up close and personal? Then pay for a ride on this iconic ferris wheel for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Marina Bay precinct. If you’d rather be close to the ground, catch the live streaming of the parade on LED screens.