Best Places to Watch Fireworks in Singapore on National Day

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Updated: 7/02/2017

The timing of our visa run to Singapore couldn’t have been better as we were happily surprised to be here just in time for the SG50 National Day Celebration!

The entire week we have enjoyed various events all around the city from parades, food markets, to the impressive exhibition of the Black Knight jets. The highlight however would be on August 9, when the skies will light up as Singapore celebrates its largest and most anticipated National Day. The SG50 firework display this year is supposed to be bigger, bolder, and downright awesome! The fireworks will be set off from seven different rooftops, two barges on the Marina Bay, the Padang, and the rooftop of the seating area at the floating platform. This will help create a larger 360 degree view for everyone to enjoy. Before you go and celebrate the big day, here’s the scoop on the best places to watch the Singapore National Day fireworks.singapore marina bay

Esplanade Waterfront

The Esplanade’s outdoor Theatre by the Bay provides a great view point for everything happening in the Marina. You will have to catch the fireworks from an angle but the festive and fun atmosphere makes up for it. Food and drinks are available by the nearby Makansutra Gluttons Bay Hawker center.

Insider Tip: The roads around the Esplanade will be closed during the event so check for alternative routes ahead of time.

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MRT Link: City Hall or Esplanade singapore fireworks bay
Merlion Park

If you want to be right in the heart of the action, catch the fireworks next to Singapore’s iconic Merlion as you watch the sky light up. The scenery here will be epic so make sure you bring your cameras! If you want to nab some seats, best to go ahead of time as this place will be packed.

MRT Link: Raffles Place MRT

Gardens by the Bay Marina Barrage

Although your view won’t be as amazing compared to the Marina, this place can offer a unique perspective on the fireworks. Plus, it won’t be as crowded compared to the other places. Capture great images with both the giant trees by the Garden and the iconic hotel, Marina Bay Sands. There will also be live streaming on LED screens from here.

MRT Link: Bayfront MRTgardens by the bay

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The Promontory

The Promontory by Marina Bay overlooks the waterfront which provides you with a perfect backdrop for the firework display. Apart from having a live broadcast stream of the events, the Promontory would also be a great place for a picnic.

MRT Link: Raffles Place

Gardens by the Bay East

A little on the quieter side, Gardens by the bay East will give you a panoramic shot of the fireworks including the beautiful skyline! It is also away from the hustle and bustle that will take place on the National Day Parade.

Transport Link: walking across from Marina Barrage, which is just 5 minutes away.

MRT: Bayfront

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Areas which will be displaying LED screens:

  • Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Event Plaza
  • MBS Event Square
  • The Promontory @ Marina Bay
  • Merlion Park
  • Esplanade Theatres by the Bay
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Marina Barrage

Please take note that the Helix Bridge will be closed during the event and the public will not be able to gather there to watch the fireworks. A high amount of people are expected to come so if you want to snag good seats, consider going a bit earlier to make sure you have the best spot! Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore! Can’t wait to explore more of your beautiful country!marina sands

Do you know any other great spots to watch Singapore fireworks? Comment below and let others know!

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