National Day is upon us and if you’re not booking a table at Singapore’s most popular rooftop bars to catch the spectacular NDP 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 before too – so you won’t have to miss them!
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!
Boat Quay / Clarke Quay
For the first time in over 30 years, the National Day Parade will host mid and low-level fireworks by the Singapore River, alongside the massive display at Marina Bay, in order to bring festivities to more Singaporeans. The perfect spot to view this rare and immaculate display is around the Boat Quay and Clarke Quay area – not only will you avoid the crowds closer to the city, but you can enjoy the show over dinner.
Wondering where else the fireworks will be? Take a look at the handy map here: CNA
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