Singapore’s National Day Parade (NDP) is an annual attraction not to be missed. You are lucky if you managed to get a ticket to watch the stunning spectacle of military parades, multi-cultural song-and-dance performances and aerial high jinks capped by a breathtaking firework extravaganza set against the stunning cityscape framed by the Marina Waterfront. If not, we are here to help with a list of free options where you should plant yourself to take in the full display of the National Day Parade fireworks. If you are feeling generous, do check out Best Singapore Hotels & Rooftop Bars To Watch NDP Fireworks too!
1. Marina Bay Lawn & Promontory
This is a free option so you have to be there early to secure your space. We suggest that you pack a picnic basket with fine wine and cheese and make it an early evening picnic for the whole family. Get ready for a friendly, lively, and enjoyable atmosphere during fireworks displays.
Address: 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940 | MRT: Raffles Place | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None | Website: Marina Bay Promontory
2. Gardens By The Bay – Bay East Gardens
Bay East Garden, the second largest of the three gardens is a relatively unknown spot for picnics and scenic bike rides. It offers gorgeous, sweeping views of the Marina Bay Skyline without the usual hordes of tourists. Located opposite the Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we suggest you have an early dinner before heading over for the fireworks.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 | MRT: Bayfront | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None | Website: Bay East Garden
3. Marina Barrage
Singapore’s 15th reservoir, Marina Barrage is a dam in Singapore built across the mouth of the bay, between Marina East and Marina South. We recommend that you bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden on National Day and wait patiently for the spectacular illuminations in the sky!
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951 | MRT: Marina Bay | Entrance Fee: None | Website:
4. Esplanade Waterfront
This 300m long waterfront is the perfect place to catch the fireworks – and you don’t even have to fork out a single cent! Head early to score yourself a good spot; the waterfront gets real crowded during the National Day Parade and New Year’s Eve.
Address: Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay 1 Esplanade Drive Singapore 038981 | MRT: City Hall or Esplanade | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None | Website: Esplanade Waterfront
5. Merlion Park
You’ve probably seen images of Singapore’s national icon, the mythical Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. There isn’t a more apt way to commemorate our independence than with Singapore’s famous icon, the Merlion! Secure your seats early as many will flock to this open space for the most picturesque and unhindered views of the NDP fireworks! skyline.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road Singapore 049213 | MRT: Raffles Place | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None
6. Helix Bridge & Benjamin Sheares Bridge
These 2 bridges are positioned just beside the floating platform. It is almost as though you are seated in the National Day Parade.
Address: Bayfront Avenue | MRT: Promenade | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None
7. Stadium Waterfront (Free)
Have an early dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants and snag a spot along the stadium waterfront for a front-row view of the fireworks, or you can also book a table at restaurants such as Brewerkz and Mushroom Pot and wait for the fireworks over drinks.
Address: 2 Stadium Walk Singapore 397691 | MRT: Stadium | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None
8. Faber Peak (Free)
Although the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous without the crowds. If you prefer a drink while you wait for the fireworks, grab a beer or two at Spuds & Aprons or Faber Bistro.
Address: 109 Mount Faber Road Singapore 099203 | MRT: Stadium | Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily | Entrance Fee: None | Website: Faber Peak
9. HDB In Beach Road
Yes, if you do not want to jostle with the crowd. It is time you start going through your phone book to find out which friends live in the HDB blocks along Beach Road to catch the fireworks.
We hope you find our recommendations useful. Do share with us other free amazing spots to catch the dazzling NDP fireworks in the comments section below! If you are feeling generous, do check out Best Singapore Hotels & Rooftop Bars To Watch NDP Fireworks too!