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National Day Parade

By: mckenwong on 18 Jul 2013

August 9 — a day that Singaporeans celebrate every year with pomp and splendour, for it's National Day.

Fireworkes Display during NDP (Photo credit: Fisher Chia)

The celebrations are at their most spectacular during the National Day Parade (NDP), a culmination of song, dance and extravagant fireworks. As a visitor, you're highly unlikely to be able to attend the parade, as the much sought-after tickets are available only by ballot weeks in advance, and open only to the resident population.

But you don't need to be at the parade to enjoy the fireworks, and you most certainly don't need a ticket to enjoy the atmosphere in the city as Singaporeans celebrate their independence day.

Be sure to position yourself at strategic spots near the parade ground to catch a glimpse of the festivities. The NDP has been held at the Marina Floating Bay for the past several years, but the venue can vary, with the 2010 parade held at the Padang, for instance.

Contingent Marching In (Photo credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly)

If the parade is held at the Marina Floating Platform (The Float @ Marina Bay), vantage points from the nearby hotels and the nearby Esplanade will provide a good spectacle. You can also catch a glimpse of the mobile column rumbling by along the roads leading towards Marina or the Padang, depending on which venue is used.

The 1968 national day parade (the celebration of Singapore's third birthday) was infamous because of the heavy rain that occurred during the march-in parade. Nonetheless, rain or shine, Singaporeans crowded around the marching grounds to celebrate our third year of independence, displaying the loyal patriotism citizens have for the nation.

This year in 2013, Singaporeans from all walks of life will celebrate Singapore's 48 years of independence as a nation. Held at The Float @ Marina Bay, the theme for National Day Parade (NDP) 2012 is “Many Stories… One Singapore”. It calls on everyone to remember and share the stories that make us who we are and how we identify ourselves as Singaporeans.

Logo for NDP 2013 (Photo credit: NDP)

“Many Stories…” encourages Singaporeans to tell the story of our personal journey, both individually and collectively as a society, as well as our hopes and aspirations for the future. Taken individually, each story shows that we are all unique. Taken together, they tell of who we are as a country. Together, “Many Stories… One Singapore” forms a theme that unites all Singaporeans to celebrate what makes us Singapore.


Singapore's National Day takes place on 9 August every year.

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