National Day (9 August) is upon us again! Besides catching up on some sleep, it’s a great time to explore and do things you don’t find time for on a normal day. Here’s a list of cool things to do.
#1 Watch the parade, of course!
Catch the National Day Parade (NDP) on TV and online. The celebrations will be taking on a different format this year – find out more now.
#2 Shop, dine and enjoy performances at CHIJMES and Capitol Singapore
Celebrate National Day this year by taking part in CHIJMES’ and Capitol Singapore’s virtual event Onward55Singapore! Happening from 31 July to 16 August, there’s loads that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Browse fashion, crafts and snacks at the online marketplace, enjoy dining deals (there’s islandwide delivery!), performances by homegrown artistes, games and be inspired by personal stories of strength and resilience. If you’re keen to head down instead, there are even more on-site shopping and dining deals to enjoy.
Get more details now.
#3 Learn more about Singapore
The Arts House’s LumiNation festival returns with a digital format this year from 1 to 30 August. With the theme “Migration”, participants can look forward to talks, performances and other activities that focus on Singapore’s history and narratives. Find out more now.
To celebrate Singapore’s birthday, the Asian Civilisations Museum is also offering a range of online programmes. Highlights include virtual tours of galleries, a National Day themed self-guided trail, quizzes and craft activities.
#4 Order in
Take advantage of some great food deals on your day off! Get some ideas from our bumper roundup of takeaways and food deliveries. Some restaurants are also rolling out National Day specials (like those at Pan Pacific Singapore) so be sure to take a look at the deals. 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.
#5 Watch or read
An off day is always great for binge-watching your favourite shows. Here are some great ones recommended by our readers and staff! It’ll also be a good time to watch a couple of Singaporean series and films on Netflix – a total of 106 of them will be available progressively from 1 August onwards.
Or you could check out our list of books to read.
#6 Take part in a charity race
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 at their own time. These can be done across up to three sessions. Submissions end on 9 August.
#7 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.
#8 Witness the National Day light ups
To celebrate Singapore’s birthday this year, various national monuments and historic buildings will be lit up in red and white-themed light projections from now until 30 August.
They include the Armenian Church, Asian Civilisations Museum, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, CHIJMES, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, The Arts House, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
#9 Enjoy local tunes
If you’re in a musical mind, there are two great concerts to look forward to in the week following National Day: the Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra National Day Concert.
You can watch the Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert is on 10 August (8pm) on Channel 5, meWATCH and meWATCH YouTube. Local personalities will make appearances, with highlights including President Halimah Yacob and husband Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee taking part in a special rendition of the National Day song “Home”.
Happening on 15 August (8pm), the Singapore Symphony Orchestra National Day Concert will feature popular Singaporean tunes by the national orchestra and other local talents. It’ll be livestreamed on SISTIC. Book your tickets now.
Check out more things to do in Singapore.