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This year’s National Day is doubly special. Not only does Singapore turn 54, we are commemorating our SG Bicentennial this year as well. That’s certainly a cause for celebration! Coincidentally, we have a long weekend to celebrate both milestones. And for those of you who are staying put in Singapore for the occasion, there are events and activities all across the island planned for that. From gallery exhibitions and fun runs, to night festivals and, of course, the mega National Day Parade, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate our nation’s independence day this August.  If you haven’t got anything planned, here are a few to add to your schedule. Consider your National Day weekend fully booked.


1. National Day Parade




Fireworks Finale at National Day Parade National Education Show 1 on 6 July 2019. : Nikon D500

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The annual spectacle not to be missed, the NDP is a magnificent display of patriotism and a celebration of everything that makes Singapore one of a kind. The awe-inspiring aerial displays and military parades, multicultural performances and skits, and of course the stunning fireworks at the end, will keep us riveted till the end. 

This year, there are a total of six acts to look forward to, including the debut of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), the inaugural participation of the Home Team Volunteer contingent and Singapore Armed Forces at the parade and ceremony. There’s also the mobile column travelling to five heartland sites – Bishan, Punggol, Jurong East, Woodlands and Geylang Serai – for the first time since 2010, with fireworks displays at all five sites. 

If you haven’t gotten a ticket, you could watch the show live on TV and make it a fun party with your family, or head down to the aforementioned sites for a glimpse of the action.

On Aug 9, 5pm, at The Padang, Singapore 179861, website


2. National Day Fiesta @ Sports Hub



The Sports Hub celebrates all things Singaporean at the National Day Fiesta with a whole day of festivities, including sports challenges, mass workouts, outdoor live screening of the parade at Stadium Riverside, hands-on and interactive activities such as craft workshops (monogramming, screen printing, leather making and wax sealing), family games and more. Registration for most of the activities is free. There will also be face painting, balloon sculpting, storytelling session and an inflatable playground for kids while adults check out the local bazaar!

On Aug 9, 10am to 9pm, at OCBC Square, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629, website


3. Sentosa Celebrates National Day 2019



Sunsets and palm trees. : @massimoditria

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Need some island action to spice up your National Day weekend? From 19 July to 18 August, Sentosa is organising a host of activities and performances in celebration of our nation’s birthday. You can pen down your thoughts, wishes and aspirations for Singapore at the wall of wishes installed at the linkway bridge, be enchanted by the magic lights at The Merlion, and watch local three-piece band Auburn Daze perform a medley of hit music.

From July 19 to Aug 18, all day, at various locations around Sentosa island. Click here for more information.


4. Singapore City Gallery



This is where you can go for an eye-opening history lesson. The Singapore City Gallery at the URA Centre, which was set up in 1999 to educate the public on Singapore’s land-use journey over the years, reopened on March 20 with added interactive exhibits for visitors to learn about the challenges in urban development.

The gallery now offers an immersive show that allows participants to journey through hidden infrastructural networks and urban systems, an interactive group game that encourages players to identify traits of their perfect neighbourhood and discover which one in Singapore suits their needs, as well as a brand-new permanent exhibit that tracks the country’s physical evolution through detailed maps.

From Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. At 45 Maxwell Rd, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118, click here for more details.


5. Modern Colony Exhibition



Happy International Museum Day! If you are visiting our museum over the weekend, stroll through the National Museum Historic Trail to locate marked sites, learn how the museum building has changed over the years with several redevelopment works, and appreciate key architectural features in Singapore's most loved and iconic cultural institution. Also don't forget to join our National Museum Historic Tour! Sat & Sun, 19 & 20 May | 4pm Mandarin Tour, 5pm English Tour The tour is an hour and is limited to first 15 participants per tour. So remember to register on-site at the museum's visitor services counter 30 minutes before the start of each tour! #IMD2018 #nationalmuseumsg #nationalmuseumofsingapore #MuseumDaySG #musesocial #beautifulfacade

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To learn more about Singapore’s bicentennial history, head over to the Modern Colony Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. The exhibition showcases Singapore’s past as a British Crown colony during the 1920s and 1930s through the different kinds of clothing and valuables worn by the Chinese population.

Through a curated array of personal belongings, including lush embroidered cheongsams, intricately crafted shoes and exquisite personal trinkets, visitors can discover how both migrant Chinese and affluent Straits-born Chinese expressed their identities as well as the challenges they faced in figuring out their roles in society.

Daily from 10am to 7pm, with the last admission at 6.30pm. Admission is free for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and visitors aged six years and below. At Modern Colony Gallery, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897, click here for more details.