Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated with gusto and Singapore knows just how to party when it comes to National Day. Observed on August 9, the yearly affair marks Singapore’s independence from Malaysia. The city dresses for the occasion with flags lining the buildings, patriotic songs pervades the airwaves, people kitted out in red and white, and of course, the National Day Parade (NDP).
Here’s the NDP in a nutshell: impressive aerial displays, military parades, and multicultural performances – all wrapped up with stunning fireworks. However, this year's NDP is going to be different due to safety measures. Instead of dominating the Padang or the Float @ Marina Bay with mass performances, it transforms into a digitalised and immersive affair with a series of home engagement activities to encourage audience participation throughout the day. Plus, the fireworks will be set off at 10 different locations across Singapore.
If you're planning to pop the poppers outdoors, remember to wear a face mask, remain in groups of up to five, and maintain a one-metre safe distance between each other. There will be limited vehicular and pedestrian access at areas that are likely to be crowded (ie. firework locations). Nonetheless, here's everything you need to know about NDP2020.