Citizens in Singapore are at their last leg of preparations to commemorate the country’s freedom from Malaysia in 1965. The National Day of Singapore is observed on August 9, featuring National Day Parade (NDP), an address by the country’s Prime Minister and fireworks celebrations. The Asian nation is lighted up with patriotic feels across and everyone in their joyous mood as they celebrate their independence. Above all the observations, the NDP fireworks are the most attractive display that Singaporeans love to watch. As the entire nation is painted in red, there are a few best spots that host the most fantastic array of firecrackers. There is a significant history behind the national ceremony. On the National Day of Singapore 2019, know the history and significance of the country’s patriotic celebration along with the best places to watch the NDP fireworks.
National Day of Singapore: History and Significance
It was on August 9, 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state. The separation was the result of profound political and economic differences between the ruling parties of Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore marked the first anniversary of independence with inaugural National Day Parade that was held at Padang. Along with NDP, the celebration that day included a 90-minute fireworks display at Fort Canning and a vast illuminated sea dragon that floated along the nearby waterfront. Ever since then, NDP fireworks became the main highlight on the National Day of Singapore.
Where to Watch the NDP Fireworks Display?
1. Boat Quay
Boat Quay is a historical quay in Singapore, situated at the upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank. This year’s will be the first time that fireworks will be set off from the river in front of the Asian Civilisations Museum.
2. Helix Bridge
The beautiful pedestrian bridge officially called The Helix (or Helix Bridge) in the Marina Bay area offers the best display of fireworks. According to The Straits Times, the roads around the Padang and The Float will most be closed for the parade.
3. Merlion Park
The major tourist attraction in Singapore, Merlion Park, will offer one the best views of the fireworks. It is a must-visit place, if you want to witness a beautiful and colourful exhibition in the sky.
4. The Promontory at Marina Bay
Located in the Central Area of Singapore, Marina Bay offers another spectacular view of fireworks on the national ceremony. Set off early and enjoy the National Day of Singapore 2019 with your friends and family at The Promontory at Marina Bay.
The amount of fireworks used on National Day of Singapore has increased over time. And apart from the above top spots, other places too will host a beautiful fireworks display on the national ceremony.