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The best places to catch fireworks for free on National Day in Singapore

Celebrate Singapore's independence with amazing firework displays at these vantage points

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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Don your best red and white ensemble and celebrate Singapore's 54th year of independence with a bang – literally. Whether it's the National Day Parade or New Year's Eve, Singapore knows how to light the sky up with a dazzling display of fireworks. If you want to avoid the crowds at The Fullerton and CBD, here are the not-so-secret spots to catch the visual spectacle instead.

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The Esplanade Roof Terrace

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Head all the way to the top of the Esplanade for a magnificent view of the city. It also has a bird's-eye view of the fireworks as it illuminates the Singapore skyline.

 

Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
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Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

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Soak in the picturesque views of the fireworks by the riverside. What better way to enjoy the visual extravaganza than with a breath of fresh air?

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Bay East Gardens, Fireworks, Marina Bay
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Bay East Garden @ Gardens by the Bay

For panaromic views of the fireworks, flanked by Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, head to Bay East Garden. It's accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage.

Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Fireworks
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Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge

Two of the most popular places to view the fireworks are the Helix Bridge and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge. Both are conveniently positioned close to where the celebrations are held, giving a good view of the bay area. Be sure to arrive early to save yourself a good spot.

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The Lawn at Marina Bay
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The Lawn @ Marina Bay

Between The Sail and Marina Bay Financial Centre is a grass lawn where you can gather a comfortable distance away from the crowds. If all else fails, you can always snatch reflections of the fireworks from the buildings of MBFC.

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Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge

Merlion Park, which gives you a worm's-eye view of the pyrotechnics display, will be rammed, so spread out along these two bridges instead.

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Marina Barrage
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Marina Barrage

Although it may be a distance away from the immediate action, the expansive lawn of Marina Barrage overlooks the city from across the Marina Channel. The views are slightly obstructed from its green roof, but you’ll get to see the lights against the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands with the business district in the background. 

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Pan Pacific Singapore

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For front-row seats to the fireworks display all to yourself, book a stay at Pan Pacific Singapore. The National Day Fireworks Package includes a minimum two-night stay in one of its well-appointed rooms, starting from the Deluxe Balcony and above. Pro tip: check in on July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and August 3 and 9 when the fireworks are on display.

 

Bars and pubs

Smoke & Mirrors

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In skyscraper-dense Singapore, rooftop bars with a view of the fireworks are no rarity. But when it’s perched on the Old Supreme Court Building, which currently houses the world's largest collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art, it makes for a better story. Tuck into a buffet spread featuring local fare like satay, laksa, and Hainanese Chicken Rice while you feast your eyes on the fireworks. Book a seat at A Rooftop Soiree: Countdown To National Day 2019 on July 6, 13 and 20.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Kinki Restaurant and Bar

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Get a front row seat to the spectacular fireworks show by heading to the open-air Kinki Rooftop Bar on the third floor. Raise a toast to Singapore with a view of the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront. 

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Singapore Flyer

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Marina Bay's giant, 42-storey, 165m observation wheel continues to pull the crowds in for a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the fireworks. Feast your eyes on the explosive visual treat from one of its 28 air-conditioned, UV-protected capsules.

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Cé La Vi

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Head atop Marina Bay Sands – 57 levels above ground level, to be exact – and bask in the views of the city skyline. It's the perfect place to catch the fireworks while enjoying energetic club bangers.

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LeVeL33

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No prizes for guessing on which floor this bar and restaurant is perched. Billed as the world’s highest microbrewery, LeVeL33 gloriously overlooks the Marina Bay, and, thanks to the decor and service, is perhaps the most sophisticated place to quaff a locally brewed beer while checking out the fireworks.

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Zafferano

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Perched on the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre is Zafferano, an impressive circular space that boasts stunning views of Marina Bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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