9 places to watch the National Day Parade 2018 fireworks

Head to these places early so you can chope a spot! 

Head to these places early so you can chope a spot!
Head to these places early so you can chope a spot!
07 Aug 2018

Head to these places early so you can chope a spot!

This would be your view of the NDP 2018 fireworks at the grandstand if you were lucky enough to score those elusive tickets to this year’s National Day Parade (NDP). For those like us, with no tickets, at least we can still watch the stunning fireworks at these spots. We’ll be starting off our list with the free places. While they might be free of charge, there are bound to be tons of people with the same idea. So head there early, chope a spot and set up base camp to avoid disappointment!

1. Free: Marina Bay Promontory
1. Free: Marina Bay Promontory
07 Aug 2018

1. Free: Marina Bay Promontory

The Marina Bay Promontory is preferred among NDP fireworks spectators because you’re free to set up your own picnic. Lay a mat, grab some drinks and snacks and enjoy the show while chilling with your friends and anticipating the spectacle that’s about to unfold before you. While you’re there, do be wary of the multitude of cameras trying to capture both the fireworks and Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

Address: 11 Marina Boulevard, S(018940)

Photo: The Promontory@Marina Bay/Facebook

2. Free: Marina Barrage
2. Free: Marina Barrage
07 Aug 2018

2. Free: Marina Barrage

As another spot with enough space to lay down a picnic mat, Marina Barrage feels more spacious than the Promontory because it’s further away from the live fireworks. Once you’re done flying kites and taking photos of the beautiful skyline, you can begin preparing for the fireworks at night. However, one deal-breaker is that the fireworks might be blocked by the MBS building so you decide whether you value spaciousness or the view of the fireworks more.

Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, S(018951)

Photo: Brian Flanagan/Flickr

3. Free: Merlion Park
3. Free: Merlion Park
07 Aug 2018

3. Free: Merlion Park

Fancy front-row seats to the vibrant pyrotechnic display with the Merlion for company? Merlion Park will likely be the most crowded area to watch the fireworks because of the unobstructed view, not to mention one of the best spots to see the fireworks formation of the "five stars arising" from the waters when the national anthem is played.

Address: 1 Fullerton Road, S(049213)

Photo: Bryan Alexander/Flickr

4. Free: Helix Bridge
4. Free: Helix Bridge
07 Aug 2018

4. Free: Helix Bridge

Unfortunately, this will be one of the first location onlookers and passers-by will flock to as soon as the show begins. If you’re conscious of maintaining your personal space, stay away from Helix Bridge. Watching the fireworks here is arguably as close as you can get to the floating platform without tickets so do weigh the pros and cons of stationing yourself here.

Address: Entrance At Youth Olympic Park along Raffles Avenue, S(39805)

Photo: Nan-Cheng Tsai/Flickr

5. Free: Bay East Gardens (Gardens By The Bay East)
5. Free: Bay East Gardens (Gardens By The Bay East)
07 Aug 2018

5. Free: Bay East Gardens (Gardens By The Bay East)

A hidden gem when it comes to scenic picnics and tranquil bike rides, Bay East Gardens offers a gorgeous view of the skyline at Marina Bay. While it can be rather inaccessible and far from the fireworks, Bay East Gardens is a viable alternative if you prefer to watch the fireworks without an overwhelming crowd.

Address: 1 Fullerton Road, S(049213)

Photo: Lucian/Flickr

Let’s move on to the paid viewing options. If you’re the type that hates squeezing with people, why not pay more for that sense of privacy? These options will definitely give you the best view when you watch the NDP fireworks as long as you’re willing to splash the cash.​​​​​​​

6. Paid: Marina Bay Sands Skypark
6. Paid: Marina Bay Sands Skypark
07 Aug 2018

6. Paid: Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Home to the infinity pool, the Sands Skypark is one of the go-to-places to view the NDP fireworks. It’s quite an unforgettable experience as you have a bird’s eye view of the Marina Bay area with the fireworks lighting up the night sky. Do note that you’re not allowed to bring professional photographic equipment so you’ll have to make do with your smartphone cameras.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, S(018956)
Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.30am – 11pm
Ticket Prices: $23 for adults, $17 for children and $20 for senior citizens.

Photo: Markus Jaschke/Flickr

7. Paid: Fullerton Bay Hotel
7. Paid: Fullerton Bay Hotel
07 Aug 2018

7. Paid: Fullerton Bay Hotel

With its ideal waterfront position, many NDP fireworks fans usually flock to the Fullerton Bay Hotel for a session of relaxation as they take in the breathtaking view of the Singapore River from the Lantern Rooftop Bar. Chill and unwind with your friends as you enjoy some cocktails and have a sumptuous meal while celebrating the nation’s birthday.

Address: 80 Collyer Quay, S(049326)

Photo: goCNX/Flickr

8. Paid: Pan Pacific Singapore
8. Paid: Pan Pacific Singapore
07 Aug 2018

8. Paid: Pan Pacific Singapore

Enjoy a mesmerising view of the fireworks at Pan Pacific Singapore with their special Panoramic Rooms! The Fireworks by the Bay package (Harbour Studio from $630 per night) features complimentary breakfast, access to the outdoor swimming pool and all the bells and whistles associated with a premium hotel suite. Make this National Day an unforgettable one by indulging in Pan Pacific’s extensive breakfast options and gawking at the captivating view of Marina Bay.

Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, S(039595)

Photos: Merlion444/Wikimedia Commons, Zoe Shuttleworth/Flickr

9. Paid: LeVeL33
9. Paid: LeVeL33
07 Aug 2018

9. Paid: LeVeL33

LeVeL33 is an experimental penthouse dining place that overlooks the Marina Bay area. Located at the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, sip on some champagne and homebrewed beer as you take in the amazing view of the fireworks 33 floors above ground! While considered pricey, everything on the premium menu has been curated by chefs to ensure they complement the sublime rooftop view.

Address: Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, S(018981)

Photos: LeVeL33 Craft-Brewery Restaurant & Lounge/Facebook

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