Singapore National Day (9 August) is here again! We know it’s going to be very different this year, but it’s still a great time to explore and do things you don’t find time for on a normal day. Quick update: The fly over is happening at 9.50 this morning and there is a slimmed down performance tonight, but the area is closed off to the public.
#1 Learn more about Singapore
In celebration of Singapore’s 56th anniversary, Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) will be hosting a variety of educational programmes for visitors to enjoy either from the comfort of their homes or at the centre.
You can celebrate National Day learning more about Singapore through the digital exhibition Distilling the Singapore Spirit, or through film in Heart: SG Stories Films, among others.
Besides that, there’s a range of National Day themed activities in store for you at the National Museum, from music performances to storytelling sessions. Gain a few new insights into the culture and history of our young nation.
#2 Order in
Take advantage of some great food deals on your day off! Not sure what to choose? Just turn to our bumper roundup of takeaways and food deliveries. Some restaurants and caterers are also rolling out National Day specials.
For instance, Sunday Catering is offering a Rendang Roasted Rack of Lamb, Classic Roasted Rack of Lamb, Premium Satay Platter, Butterfly Pea Nasi Lemak and Roasted French Beans with XO Sauce for a truly gastronomic National Day feast. Besides that, Heart of Darkness has introduced 3 latest Singapore-inspired pizzas: Blue Sea Chilli Crab, Rendang in the Gendang and Bangaluru.
You can also pair your meal with a few cold beverages, which can be sent straight to your doorstep.
If you prefer to get creative in the kitchen, stock up your pantry with fresh goods and supplies from these online grocers.
#3 Watch or read
A day off is always great for binge-watching your favourite shows. Here are some top ones recommended by our readers and staff! It’s also a good time to watch a couple of Singaporean series and films on Netflix; we recommend classics such as I Not Stupid, Ah Boys To Men and Growing Up.
Or check out our list of books to read!
#4 Have a good work out
Join SG Spority, a virtual race that supports the work of Club Rainbow. Participants can run, cycle or skate to accumulate a distance of 5.5km in their own time. This can be done across up to three sessions between 17 July and 31 August.
You can also belt out to your favourite National Day tunes in two specially-themed Experience Sports sessions on 8 August, courtesy of the Singapore Sports Hub.
#5 Get some fresh air
We’ve all been staying in a lot lately, so why not head out for some sun? Enjoy a good walk or hike at one of the many parks across the island – here’s our list to get you started.
#6 Witness the National Day light-up
To celebrate Singapore’s birthday this year, the façade of the National Museum will light up in celebration of Singapore’s 56th birthday, with the theme Together Our Singapore Spirit! Catch it from 1 to 31 August. Here’s the trail map for you to follow.
#7 Enjoy local tunes
If you’re in a musical mind, here’s a concert to look forward to in the week following National Day: the annual SSO National Day concert.
Enjoy much-loved classics alongside new works by Singapore’s growing league of talented composers. The concert begins at 8pm, with the countdown lobby open from 7.30pm. You can catch the SISTIC Live Stream on 13 August.
Book your tickets now.
Watch the parade!
Catch the National Day Parade (NDP) on TV and online!
Check out more things to do in Singapore.
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