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NDP 2023: National Day Celebrations at the Padang, Heartland NDP Events, FlyPasts & Fireworks

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Here’s everything we know about the National Day Parade. From the National Day concert to NDP activities at the Padang on 9 August, fireworks, NDP heartland events on 5 and 6 August and more!

National Day 2023 is gonna be big! Almost every seat at the Padang is expected to be completely filled on 9 August 2023. This year’s NDP theme, ‘Onward As One’, beckons Singaporeans to move forward together to build a shared future as one united people. Here’s a look at all the NDP 2023 events we know about so far from the two NDP preview shows to the official NDP 2023 event on 9 August at the Padang. Take a peek at what to expect from the Red Lions to a new Total Defence Parade, flypasts in the heartlands, NDP fireworks and a live screening of the National Day Parade at Marina Barrage.

              Read more: Where to Watch NDP Fireworks for Free

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NDP 2023 Celebrations at the Padang
– NDP 2023 Celebrations in the Heartlands
– NDP 2023 Flypasts
NDP 2023 at Marina Barrage
Other National Day 2023 Events

Disclaimer: This is an external event not owned or managed by Sassy Mama. Always check with the organiser for changes or cancellations. All information is correct at the time of publishing.

NDP Tickets 2023
Applications have now closed for NDP tickets to get front-row seats for NDP 2023 at the Padang. Two NDP preview shows are scheduled for 22 July 2023 and 29 July 2023, and the official NDP show will take place on 9 August 2023.

NDP 2023 Celebrations

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NDP 2023 at the Padang

NDP 2023 Rehearsal & Preview Shows at The Padang
NDP Rehearsals: 10, 17 & 24 June 2023
NDP Previews: 22 & 29 July 2023

National Day Parade 2023 at The Padang
When: 9 August 2023 timing TBC, (firework timings: around 8pm onwards)
Where: The Padang

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The celebrations at the Padang will feature a new Total Defence Parade, which will showcase the six pillars of Total Defence using floats, machinery used by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Home Team, and multimedia elements. There will also be the Red Lions, the State Flag Flypast, Presidential Gun Salute, an enhanced Aerial Display to commemorate the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 55th anniversary. New to the NDP parade is the Digital and Intelligence Service’s guard-of-honour marching contingent.

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Look out for a special segment that will feature floats from the SAF, SPF and SCDF. The highlight for many out of all the NDP events is of course the fireworks. As tickets have now closed for the NDP event at the Padang you’ll have to watch it when it’s screened online if you don’t have tickets!

Here’s where to watch the fireworks for free if you didn’t manage to get an NDP ticket!

NDP 2023 Flypasts:

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Based on info from The Republic of Singapore Air Force

This year, in celebration of the RSAF’s 55th anniversary, the ‘Fly Our Flag’ segment will be bigger and better than last year, featuring 6 more RSAF assets than last year for a total of 21! There will be two flypast routes and the state flag will be flown around the island to stir up the Singapore spirit and begin the celebrations for Singapore’s upcoming birthday.

The Fly Our Flag and the RSAF55 Island Flypast will take place on July 29 and August 9. There will be a Western Route and an Eastern Route, so you’ll be able to catch the flypast from almost anywhere in Singapore. Residents of Sembawang, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong will be able to catch the flypast in the Western Route, while residents of Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Sengkang, Punggol, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Changi, Bedok, Marine Parade and Sentosa will be able to see the Eastern route.

In addition to these two flypasts, there will also be an RSAF55 Island Flypast that will feature the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport with six F-16D+ and three F-155G fighter aircrafts that will make their way through the heartlands. This flypast will make a loop around Singapore that covers Jurong, Choa Chu Kang, Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Sengkang, Punggol, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bedok, Marine Parade, Toa Payoh and Jurong – so look out for these new military aircrafts and novel stunts.

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RSAF Island Flypast: Western Route 
29 July & 9 August 2023, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: From Sembawang to Jurong to Sentosa

RSAF Island Flypast: Eastern Route
29 July & 9 August 2023, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: From Sembawang to Changi to Sentosa

RSAF55 Island Flypast
When: 29 July & 9 August 2023, 5:40pm – 6:10pm
Where: From Jurong Island to the Heartlands to Western Singapore

This is in addition to the two flypasts that will take place at the Padang on 9 August as part of the RSAF55, Enhanced Aerial Display.

NDP 2023 at Marina Barrage

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NDP celebrations this year are going to be huge! We’re so excited for all of the exciting line-up of events, where we can celebrate how far Singapore has come. The theme of NDP celebrations at Marina Barrage this year is, ‘Building a Resilient, Secure & Sustainable Singapore’. You’re invited to enjoy a live screening of the National Day Parade, shop sustainable products at the Green Bazaar or join an Eco Quest for fun eco workshops.

National Day Parade Live Screening
When: 9 August from 5pm
Where: Marina Barrage Green Roof, 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
How much: Free!

Green Bazaar
When: 9 August 12pm – 6pm
Where: Level 1, Central Courtyard, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
How much: Free entry!

Eco Jalan
When: 9 August 12pm – 6pm
Where: Marina Barrage & Sustainable Singapore Gallery, 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
How much: Free! Click here to register.

NDP 2023 in the Heartlands

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Every year, Singaporeans get to look forward to exciting NDP celebrations all over the heartlands during the weekend before the National Day Parade. National Day 2023 festivities come to five heartland locations with carnival games, sports try-outs and kid-friendly community activities at the GetActive! Singapore Heartland Festivals.

During the NDP weekend there will be community festivals held at five heartland sites from 4pm to 9pm.

1. Bedok Stadium: 5 and 6 August 2023
2. Jurong West Stadium: 5 and 6 August 2023
3. Toa Payoh Stadium: 5 and 6 August 2023
4. Woodlands Stadium: 5 and 6 August 2023
5. Our Tampines Hub: 6 August 2023

NDP programmes and activities will include:

  • Sport try-outs: Athletics, basketball, floorball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis
  • Experiential activities: Archery, skateboarding, roller skating, Nerf, Zorb ball
  • Family fun activities: Bouncy castles, community mural painting, snack booths
  • Kampung games
  • Live stage performances

Admission into the festival sites will be ticketed based on respective site capacities.

You can catch the fireworks display at all five sites on 9 August and even catch the island flypast across Singapore!

 National Day 2023 Events

National Day at Singapore Discovery Centre & Singapore Navy Museum

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Defence Collective Singapore is gearing up for National Day and invites you to celebrate Singapore’s 58th birthday this National Day! Get ready for a host of fun-filled family-friendly activities at Singapore Discovery Centre, Singapore Navy Museum and West Mall to celebrate National Day 2023.

SG Soundscapes at Singapore Discovery Centre
Immerse yourself in familiar Singaporean soundscapes in a domed theatre at the Singapore Discovery Centre, while little ones can get hands-on with nostalgic crafts like making their own gasing (spinning top). Take a journey through a new exhibit to discover how Singapore’s national symbols came to be after the nation’s independence. Click here for more.

When: 5, 6, 9, 12 & 13 August 2023
Where: The Interchange @ Sandbox, Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
How much: Free!

Singapore Navy Museum
Head over to the Singapore Navy Museum for an engaging Navy Uniform Craft activity where the kids can unleash their creativity, or have some friendly competition with large naval-themed floor games to test your seafaring skills. Click here for more.

When: 31 July – 27 August 2023
Where: Singapore Navy Museum, 112 Tanah Merah Coast Road, Singapore 498794
How much: Free!

Total Defence BMT at West Mall
If you prefer to avoid the National Day crowd down town, check out the ‘Total Defence BMT’ simulation at West Mall, where kids can experience six activity zones that simulates the thrilling army life. Click here for more.

When: 31 July – 13 August 2023
Where: West Mall Atrium, 1 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 658713
How much: $10

Self-Guided Trails
Take the kids on a self-guided trail at all three locations and pick up a unique limited edition Gold Coin Enamel Pin collectible at each location! They serve as a great memento for the fun you shared with your family this National Day. Click here for more.

When: 31 July – 13 August 2023
Where: Singapore Discovery Centre, Singapore Navy Museum and West Mall
How much: Free!

National Day Celebrations at the National Museum

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The National Museum of Singapore invites you to celebrate Singapore’s 58th birthday with exciting drop-in activities, live performances, storytelling sessions and more. After discovering something new about our little island, you can relax with a ‘picnic-under-the-stars’ and watch the live outdoor screening of the National Day Parade on the lawn. Don’t miss their family-friendly events! Click here for the full line-up of activities, workshops and programmes.

When: 21 July – 10 August 2023
How much: Most are free! Some programmes are ticketed.

 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897

National Day Concert at Gardens by the Bay

The full-scale edition of Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp’s National Day concert is back this year to celebrate Singapore’s 58th birthday with electrifying performances by local artists as well as an extravagant fireworks display. Vernetta Lopez and Fauzie Laily will be the hosts of this year’s National Day concert, and you can look forward to seeing Kit Chan, Mavis Hee, Ayden Sng, Fadli Kamsani and other local stars live.

This free National Day concert is gonna be huge plus we’re super excited about the carnival and mini performances that will take place before the concert. Why not plan a whole family day out at Gardens by the Bay and bring along your picnic mats to enjoy the pre-event festivities? Don’t forget to look out for plenty of Insta-worthy photo ops, featuring inflatables of well-known Singapore landmarks, and don’t miss giveaways of plants grown in Gardens by the Bay.

For hungry little tummies, you can pick up old-school snacks like kacang putih and uniquely Singapore ice cream flavours, specially concocted by MasterChef Singapore Season 4‘s Top 18 contestants. Try these ice cream flavours for free, while stocks last, and vote for your favourite flavour!

And if you want to steer clear of the crowd or simply want to celebrate from the comfort of your own home, catch the NDP concert on mewatch, Channel 5 and Mediacorp Entertainment on Youtube.

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Image Credit: Sassy Mama’s Collage of Artistes’ Headshots from Gardens by the Bayae

Pre-Concert Festivities
When: 5 August 2023, from 4:30pm
Where: The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, 31 Marina Park Singapore, 019191
How much: Free!

National Day Concert
When: 5 August 2023, 7:30pm – 9pm
Where: The Meadows at Gardens by the Bay, 31 Marina Park Singapore, 019191
How much: Free!

Forging a New Singapore Spirit: National Museum Singapore Exhibition

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Celebrate how far Singapore has come with a trip down memory lane at the National Museum of Singapore. A pilot exhibition by Founders’ Memorial brings textbook history to life with engaging exhibits, an interactive bus tour with a lively storyteller and immersive storytelling sessions. Bond with the kids this National Day and re-discover your love for Singapore with this kid-friendly exhibit.

Interactive Bus Tour: National Museum of Singapore
18 June – 13 November 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays only), 10am – 1pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
How much: $5 per person. Click here to book your seat.

NDP Digital Play Pack

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For the first time ever, IMDA launches an NDP Digital Play Pack to celebrate Singapore’s birthday. This is a mobile application that uses Augmented Reality, so that Singaporeans can ‘dress up’ and take digital photos, virtually ‘visit’ and ‘redesign’ iconic locations throughout Singapore and watch a digitally enhanced NDP parade from your couch. Create your own NDP stickers, take photos with never-before-seen filters, and enjoy immersive 360-degree videos of the NDP parade at the Padang. Click here to download the app: Apple and Android users.

We will be updating this page with more information on the NDP 2023 events and side activities when more information is released.

We can’t wait to celebrate what it means to be a Singaporean in true red-and-white fashion (if you’re not Singaporean, simply celebrate all the reasons you love our Little Red Dot)! In the meantime, let’s look back at some of our favourite NDP fireworks and National Day celebrations from previous years!

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Lead image by NDPeeps Facebook, NDP Funpack, Red Lions, women cheering, evening show and fireworks images all sourced via NDPeeps; National Day craft image sourced via National Museum Singapore

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