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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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Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
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Attractions

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?

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.

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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.

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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Marina bay fireworks
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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.

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. 

For a fee

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Hotels

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. In the spirit of all things Singapore, enjoy the Rojak Milk Punch ($22) made with rojak gin, or Robbery at the Museum ($22), head bartender Jorge A. Conde's own rendition of the Singapore Sling. Tuck into a buffet spread featuring local fare like satay, laksa, and Hainanese Chicken Rice while you feast your eyes on the fireworks.

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Kinki
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Restaurants, Japanese

Kinki Restaurant and Bar

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From 6pm until late, head up to the open-air Kinki Rooftop Bar on the third floor for front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks show. Book a private table for you and up to five friends with the Rooftop package (from $500) and enjoy a bottle of Belvedere, a choice of Monkey Shoulder or Hendrick's Gin bottle, a mixer jug, four cans of Redbull and a sharing platter. Don't forget to raise a toast to Singapore against the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront. 

Bars and pubs

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 and exclusive tipples like the Singapore Sling ($23), Berry Bellini ($23). Feeling famish? Head to the restaurant and savour the flavour of an exclusive seven-course dining experience curated by Chef de Cuisine Joeri Timmermans.

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Mr Stock at Andaz
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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mr Stork Rooftop Bar

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Perched on level 39 of Andaz Singapore, Mr Stork makes an ace spot to catch the fireworks. On National Day, book a standing table ($500) for you and up to nine guests which comes with a snack platter featuring locally-inspired bar grub like chicken rice risotto balls, chilli crab kueh pie tee, and chicken satay, as well as a choice of either two full-sized bottles of house spirits, four bottles of house wines or two bottles of Delamotte Magnum champagne. Top tunes, delicious drinks, and even live performances – what more could we ask for?

Bar Rouge
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Clubs, House, disco and techno

Bar Rouge

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Ain't no party like a Bar Rouge party. Perched on level 71 of the Swissôtel the Stamford, Bar Rouge makes the ultimate party place for unparalleled views of the flypast and the polychromatic fireworks display. Get turnt for Disco Lah!, the nightclub's National Day shindig complete with locally-inspired snacks and cocktails like the Milo Dinosaur Cocktail ($20), Strawberry Milo Mocktail ($12) and the classic Singapore Sling ($20).

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The Roaring City cocktail
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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

MO Bar

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Overlooking the Marina Bay skyline, the classy but bold space at the Mandarin Oriental offers a unique indoor view of the fireworks from the comfort of the bar. On National Day, catch the stunning display with a refreshing Roaring City cocktail from its signature menu at a discounted price of $20, along with a complimentary welcome drink and lobster roll from 6pm to 10pm.

The Pelican
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Restaurants, Seafood

The Pelican

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The seafood establishment at One Fullerton is serving up a specially-curated four-course dinner featuring the flavours of Southeast Asia ($388 per table for up to six people). The National Day package also includes a bottle of Roku Gin, a bottle of Old Pulteney, truffle fries and chilli calamari. Take in the gorgeous views of the fireworks while you feast in an elegant and playful setting à la a luxurious sea travel. 

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Restaurants, Grills

Skai

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Located on the 70th floor of the Swissôtel the Stamford, the contemporary grill is great for flypast and firework-watching while tucking into its delectable dishes.

Things to do

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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Bars and pubs

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.

Your National Day sorted

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