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

Every year, the NDP culminates with a stunning firework display. Watch the sky light up from these vantage points

By Time Out Singapore editors
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End your year with a bang – literally. Whatever the occasion – whether it's New Year's Eve or the National Day Parade (NDP) – Singapore knows how to light the sky up with a dazzling display of fireworks.

This year, the NDP2020 is split into a day and evening show, kickstarting with a parade at the Padang, before closing with song and dance at The Star Performing Arts Centre, and of course, fireworks. Besides lighting up the Marina Bay skyline, the fireworks are also being set off at 10 different locations across Singapore, so that everyone can catch 'em from their respective sweet digs. Locations confirmed include Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Buona Vista, Jurong Lake Gardens, Marina Reservoir, Punggol, Sembawang, Tampines, Woodlands, and Yew Tee.

The fireworks are set to collectively go off at 8.20pm for five full minutes. Take note, the Marina Bay and Downtown area is pretty much closed to public today but you can still catch the fireworks display in the heartlands.

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Heartlands

Sembawang Park
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Sembawang Park

Attractions Beaches Sembawang

The fireworks set off in the north are within view of residents in the north and northeast districts, as well as Pulau Ubin. The best place to catch the dazzling display in the north lies between Sembawang and Yishun, and we reckon Sembawang Park's your best bet as it's by the waterside. Fireworks are often set off over water to avoid the risk of fire on land. The park is also a popular spot for stargazing, as well as rolling out the mat for a picnic or a barbecue, which makes for a great outdoor National Day celebration – just be sure to practise social distancing and avoid crowds.

Coney Island
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Punggol Point Jetty

Things to do North East

Northeast-siders can soak up the vibrant atmosphere from Punggol Point Jetty. It has a clear view of the waters, which the fireworks are likely to set above. Once a quiet and small jetty, Punggol Point Jetty has been transformed into a site popular to many fishermen – mainly due to the amenities nearby which includes a lookout deck, another great spot to catch the spectacle.

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Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin
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Pulau Ubin

Things to do Palau Ubin

While there's a fee to get to the island ($4 per person for each way, and $2 extra if you are bringing your bicycle), the rustic vibe of Pulau Ubin provides a more laid-back experience than catching the fireworks display at Marina Bay. After all, it's one of Singapore's last surviving kampongs. Residents can also enjoy the colourful showcase without having to leave home. If you're planning to catch it in Pulau Ubin, do make prior arrangements with boat operators for returns to the mainland after 6pm.

Lot One
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Lot One

Shopping Shopping centres Choa Chu Kang

Choa Chu Kang residents can also enjoy the visual feast as the fireworks set off above Peng Siang River. If you're doing some National Day shopping, head up to the roof garden of Lot One Shoppers' Mall. The mall usually closes at 11pm, but it's best to check its closing hours on National Day to avoid any disappointment.

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Jurong Lake Gardens
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Jurong Lake Gardens

Things to do Jurong East

If you're from Jurong West, Jurong Lake Gardens is your next best vantage point as the fireworks are likely to set off on the west side of Jurong Lake, near Boon Lay. Filled with flora and fauna, the largest nature wonderland in the heartlands also makes a relaxing spot to catch the brilliant spectacle against the night sky. Whether in a hammock or on the steps by the waters, Jurong Lake Gardens is the place to be in Jurong West. Leave the car at home though, the North and South public carpark at Jurong Lake Gardens will be closed from 11am to 9pm on August 9. 

Jurong East
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101 Jurong East St 13

Jurong East-siders can look forward to the display shared by Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok residents. Since Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – which is home to the highest hill in Singapore – is off-limits after 7pm, the next best high-rise spot is 101 Jurong East Street 13. Located by the MRT tracks, this high-rise building not only gives you an ace vantage point to catch the fireworks but also makes for a stunning composition at night. Think fireworks, MRT, and HBD buildings in your shot which has National Day written all over it.

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ang mo kio bishan park
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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Things to do Bishan

Due to the space, we reckon the fireworks display at Bishan and Ang Mo Kio is smaller in scale as compared to those at other parts of Singapore. But it's still as bright. While it's not a high-rise building, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest parks in the heartlands, allowing you to navigate around until you find the perfect spot. It's also a top spot for stargazing sessions. Unlike the corridors of tall HDB flats, the park has plenty of space for you to spread around, kick back and enjoy the stunning views.

Bedok Reservoir, sunrise
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Bedok Reservoir

Things to do

Despite the lack of high-rise buildings in the east – due to the airport being located there – there are still plenty of nature spots for Bedok and Tampines residents to catch the fireworks. The fireworks are likely to be set off close to the Paya Lebar Air Base, so the picturesque Bedok Reservoir would be an ace place to soak up the views. Head to the floating boardwalks or the waterside platforms for gorgeous shots of the dazzling display and its reflection on the reservoir.

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Marina Bay Sands
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Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Things to do Marina Bay

Welcome the new year with fireworks on one of Singapore’s tallest observation deck. Overlooking the Marina Bay, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck lets you sit front row for the fireworks extravaganza that always takes place by the bay. Visitors might be compelled to take professional shots of the fireworks and the picturesque night view of the CBD, but MBS does prohibit professional camera equipment, camera’s and other accessories, to the deck. You can also check out the infinity pool, but no dipping please, that's for hotel guests only. A trip up here will cost $26 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $20 for children.

Singapore Flyer
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Singapore Flyer

Things to do Marina Bay

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. Note that this is available via reservations only, among other safety measures.

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Lavo NDP fireworks
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Lavo

Restaurants Italian Marina Bay

This swanky New York vibe-dining concept is an Italian restaurant, rooftop bar and swish party venue all under one roof at Marina Bay Sands. As part of National Day, Lavo is bringing out the specials from now to August 10 from 5pm to 11.30pm. In true Singapore style, it's offering live crab and a Singapore sling sorbet. Plus, you can enjoy 'em all with unblocked views of the fireworks display from its indoor and outdoor lounges surrounded by a lush garden terrace.

Smoke & Mirrors new year eve
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Smoke & Mirrors

Bars and pubs City Hall

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. Sip on a cocktail while you feast your eyes on the fireworks.

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Level33 Dining room
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LeVeL33

Bars and pubs Marina Bay

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 beer while checking out the fireworks on National Day.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Photograph: The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Hotels

Hotels

Fireworks are best enjoyed from the privacy of your own space away from crowds, but the majority of us aren't blessed with a home that offers great views. The alternative? Plan a staycation and have a fireworks viewing party (for five and no more) instead. Hotels such as Marina Bay Sands, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore have the best views – and are accepting bookings this National Day.

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