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Singapore loves a good old celebration especially the National Day Parade. 

This year, however, is looking to be quite different from the rest for obvious reasons, and while Singaporeams and PRs won't get to gather at the Padang or Marina Bay to feast there eys on the stage and the sky the festivities, we’ll still be able to celebrate Singapore’s 55th come Sunday 9 August with safety distancing measures and inaugural events in the heartlands throughout the day. 

Evgerything is on a smaller scale this year. The parade will be broken down into two segments, with a morning parade and ceremony held at the Padang and an evening show at The Star Performing Arts Centre. Zones with the special event areas will see stricter security checks being conducted.

Here’s an expat's guide to the National Day Parade 2020.

 

National Day Parade

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Sunday 9 August kicks off with a National Day Message from the Prime Minister, followed by the Parade at the Padang at 10.20am, which will be live-streamed for those who are staying home. The parade will consist of military march-ins and even an anthem moment, so be ready to look to the sky for the state flag that will be flying past a zone near you.

National Day Parade

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Six Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG fighter jets will also fly over Singapore’s heartlands for the first time ever for the Roar of Unity, making tribute passes around eight hospitals along the way as a salute to frontline workers for their efforts in fighting the pandemic. This will be the longest flypast in history; the 30-minute long affair will begin at the Padang at 10.45am and end at Paya Lebar Airbase at 11.15am. 

For the first time ever, the Presidential Gun Salute will be held on the Padang field with the marching contingents on parade. A familiar sight for onlookers in previous years around the parade venue is the procession of Singapore's military’s finest assets but this year they make their way around the heartlands estates. The Red Lions will also make special appearances in Jurong East and Sengkang.

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For the first time in 20 years, the mighty vessels from Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Police Coast Guard will come together in a maritime sailpast in the waters off Marina Bay. These magnificent vessels will set sail at the Marina South Pier and cover 4km against the Marina Bay skyline. 

National Day Parade

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By evening, the NDP Show will depart from the traditional mass-based performances consisting of thousands of participants to a more intimate indoor show at the Stat Performing Arts Centre. Interesting to note, this will be the first time in history the show will be held indoors. The show will feature special effects and digital animation. The entire show will be streamed live so get comfy on the couch and enjoy the show.

 

Fireworks

National Day Parade

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The star of every National Day Parade once again will be the firworks in the Bay Area. If you’re brave enough for a trip into town, opt for rooftop bars and expansive vantage points — think Marina Barrage, Bay East Garden @ Gardens by the Bay or Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade — where social distancing is still possible. 

As with all National Day Parades, there will be road closures around the Padang and The Star Vista, so factor in public transportation and its crowds if you’re heading out if this years celebration - be safe and wear a mask at all times.

 

How to watch

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If you’re not out on the streets waving to our national servicemen making their rounds during the heartlands parades, you can catch the festivities from the comfort of your home, both on the telly and via social media platforms. The three-part show will also be broadcasted live on big screens islandwide so you’re bound to catch a bit of the action no matter where you go. 

www.ndp.gov.sg

 

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Richard
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6 August 2020
Still really looking forward to this. Singapore will not disappoint considering the situation the whole world is in. This will be a great day out!
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