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Things To Do With The Family During The National Day Holiday

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The upcoming National Day public holiday is one many look forward to—not only is it a day off from work and school leading into a long weekend, but locals will easily get swept up in the hype that is the nation’s birthday. If you didn’t get tickets to this year’s parade, how else can you celebrate Singapore’s independence with the whole family? Here are some ways to enjoy the bicentennial celebrations, which mark 200 years since modern founder Sir Stamford Raffles landed on our shores.

Visit Gardens by the Bay’s Orchid Extravaganza

Gardens by the Bay

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For the month of August, Gardens by the Bay will be hosting their Orchid Extravaganza with a local twist—the “Our Singapop” Edition. The exhibition recreates landmarks and icons of local culture in a floral display under the creative direction of decorated singer-songwriter Dick Lee and designer Yang Derong. It will feature more than 15,000 orchids of over 80 varieties, with many bred and bloomed locally, such as the Dendrobium Tay Swee Keng and Aranda Anne Black. Guided tours will also be available for curious-minded visitors to discover more about this fascinating flower type.

Date: 26 July to 15 September
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Fee: From S$12 for adults, from S$8 for children and senior citizens for admission to the Flower Dome
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Explore the National Museum

National Museum

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Offering workshops and galleries perfect for families is the National Museum, which will be featuring a National Day-centric programme on 9 and 10 August. Sensory exhibitions will guide young ones along as they uncover Singapore’s past, with guided tours available for those wishing to find out the best route through the museum’s extensive galleries. Current exhibitions include Packaging Matters, an in-depth exploration of Singapore’s history in food packaging, and Moving Memories, a display of mural artist Yip Yew Chong’s seven best works.

Date: 9 and 10 August
Time: 10am to 7pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Fee: Free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, S$10 to S$15 for foreign visitors
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Catch the National Day fireworks from these points


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When it comes to the spectacular fireworks display at the end of the parade, Singapore holds nothing back—so you can be sure that you’ll be able to catch them from various vantage points in the marina area! While the parade won’t be at the platform this year, the festivities from the Padang will definitely be seen from the nearby parks such as Gardens by the Bay and even the top of Fort Canning Park. Bring down some picnic mats and settle down for an exciting light display with the whole family. Or if you’re feeling like a good meal, you can check out the restaurants in the National Gallery situated next to the Padang for a full view of the happenings.

Date: 9 August
Time: National Day Parade begins around 6pm, with fireworks starting around 8pm
Venue: Various
Fee: Free, or the cost of a meal if you’re eating at a restaurant

Attend SSO’s National Day Concert


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Homegrown talents from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Chorus will join forces for an evening of music at the SSO National Day Concert. Directed by conductor Joshua Tan, two hours of familiar Singapore songs will take on a fresh new spin—think the famous National Day song “Home” by Dick Lee and arranged by Kelly Tang, as well as a combination of tunes from dad’s National Service days in “March On—a Medley of NS Songs,” arranged by Phoon Yew Tien.

Date: 10 August
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Fee: S$15 to S$48
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Take part in National Day festivities with your community

National Day Heartland Celebration@South West

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Even if you didn’t get tickets for the National Day Parade at the Padang this year, you can still catch part of the parade live right in the heart of your neighbourhoods. A mobile column featuring 171 platforms from the Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team, along with its military vehicles, will be headed to National Day carnivals organised by the People’s Association in Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol, and Woodlands on 10 August. This is the first time these military displays will be headed out of the Padang since 2010, and the day will end off with an amazing display of fireworks at all five sites. Don’t miss it if you’re in these areas!

Date: 10 August
Time: TBA
Venue: Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol, and Woodlands
Fee: Free
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Bonus: Host a National Day party

Singapore flags HDB

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Take this long weekend as a chance to gather up some friends and family members for a party. Get everyone to don red and white gear while you dress up the home in festive celebratory fashion—think flag buntings, picking out red and white accessories for the table, and hanging the flag outside your home to show your Lion City pride. You can even repurpose Chinese New Year decorations to liven up the interior of your home for this day!

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