This year’s National Day fireworks 2022 display will take place on 9 August, between 8.15pm and 8.25pm.
Where to watch the Marina Bay fireworks for free
The Lawn @ Marina Bay Financial Centre
This area isn’t quite as popular as the many bridges mentioned below, but it has a view that’s arguably as good. Situated on the other side of Marina Bay, The Lawn is the perfect place to go if you prefer a bit more space and a few less people while you take in the spectacle.
The waterfront outside One Fullerton faces directly towards the show, so it’s an obvious prime location. You’ll have to come early to beat the crowds, but you’ll have the advantage of a great selection of restaurant and bars (many with alfresco set-ups) so you can get your fill before, during or after the fireworks.
Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Located right next to the floating platform, these two bridges will give a very clear view of the fireworks without you having to spend a cent. But for that very reason, they can get extremely crowded, so make sure you get there early to secure your spot!
Arguably the most appropriate spot in Singapore to catch the National Day fireworks, Merlion Park provides an unobstructed and close view of the display. Since it’s a famous monument, however, you can expect a massive crowd. So, make a plan to get there super early to snag a spot on the steps for a clear view!
Instead of watching the fireworks up close and with a crowd, why not catch the action from a distance? Although it’s a bit removed from where the actual parade takes place, Faber Peak is a great vantage point for enjoying the show while leaving the hordes behind.
If you’re looking to chill out on your day off, Marina Barrage is open to the public, and the rooftop garden is excellent place from which to admire the skyline and the fireworks. Bring along some food and have a sunset picnic before the show begins.
A well-known spot for photographers to gather for the fireworks is the rooftop of the Esplanade. They must on to something, so if you’re after your own Insta-worthy shots of the colourful skies, make for this alfresco spot.
Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk
Situated on the marina side of The Shoppes, this spot allows viewers to get an almost front-row seat of the fireworks. Again, though, this is another site that will be heavily populated, so we recommend an early arrival to secure your spot.
Bay East Garden @ Gardens by the Bay
If you’re thinking of a fully scenic panoramic view of Singapore’s icons like MBS and the Singapore Flyer, plus the added bonus of fireworks lighting up the beautiful skyline, then this is the location for you. It doesn’t have the best accessibility but once you’re there and set up, you can sit back in the natural surrounds and wait for the show to begin.
Along Esplanade Drive / Esplanade Bridge / Jubilee Bridge
This is another hotspot for firework-watching as the action is very close. You might also like to consider passing by in a car around show time, just to take a glance, and maybe a friend in the passenger seat can take a few quick snaps of the spectacle. The two bridges in the vicinity are really good spots for watching if you’re on foot, though they’ll be crowded.
Located near The Lawn, this is a pretty good place to watch the show; it’s away from the main crowds but still with pretty decent views. This one gets a recommendation from the team at The Straits Times, in their article about the NDP fireworks.
Queen Elizabeth Walk
Situated behind Esplanade Drive, this thoroughfare gives a pretty decent view of the show and the skyline, while perhaps not being the best for pictures. However, if you’re looking to just enjoy the show for free without too many hassles, this could be your spot!
More places to catch Marina Bay fireworks
You can also catch the sparkly fireworks displays from more luxurious surrounds!
The Westin Hotel has two great bars and restaurants that look across Marina Bay. For an indulgent meal, head to Seasonal Tastes, and for comforting bar grub and a lengthy list of beers, make your way to Cook & Brew.
A seat on the Singapore Flyer is a pretty unique way to catch the fireworks, plus you can get a special ‘Champagne Flight’ ($79 per person) to make it a ritzy affair. Just be sure to time your trip with the fireworks show if you can.
LeVeL33 has a craft brewery in its penthouse suite 156 metres above ground level. Hit the beers while enjoying the panoramic sight of Singapore’s skyline, with full views of the fireworks over at Marina Bay.
This year, MBS is also offering front-row seats at the SkyPark Observation Deck for the annual fireworks spectacle. The special entry includes a complimentary Singapore flag and a glass of iconic Singapore Sling from CÉ LA VI for partygoers to toast the nation’s birthday. Visitors are advised to pre-purchase their tickets here to secure a spot.
Watch National Day fireworks in the heartlands
Prefer to watch fireworks in the cosiness of your home or neighbourhood? You’ll be able to admire the displays at these places:
- Central Singapore: Open field beside Ang Mo Kio Library
- South West: Jurong West Stadium
- South East: Bedok Stadium
- North West: Woodlands Stadium
- North East: Former Tampines Junior College
The fireworks will shoot off at the same time as the Marina Bay displays, so make sure to head out on time for the show!
Head to the NDP website for updates.
For more helpful tips, head to our Living in Singapore section.
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