National Day is just around the corner and if you’re not booking a table at Singapore’s most popular rooftop bars to catch the spectacular fireworks display, we’ve put together a list of places where you can see the sky light up for free. If you’re going to be away for the long weekend, there’ll be practice runs for the two Saturday nights before too – so you won’t have to miss them!
Timing for the fireworks
- 7.38pm – Fireworks on Floating Platform only
- 8.16pm – Grand finale
The Lawn @ Marina Bay Financial Centre
This area isn’t quite as popular as the two bridges, but it has a view that’s arguably almost 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.
Snag a spot along the waterfront at One Fullerton. Directly facing MBS, it’s best to come early as this spot tends to get crowded! If you get peckish, there’s a great selection of restaurants and bars (many with alfresco set-ups) to pop into to get your fill.
Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Located right next to the floating platform, these two bridges will give you a clear view of the fireworks without you having to spend a cent. Since the bridges are free to everyone, it means they can get quite 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.