The National Day Parade on 9 August is the culmination of the year’s SG50 celebrations. The 7th of August has even been declared a one-off addition to the year’s list of public holidays! It goes without saying, that the long weekend from 7 to 10 August will be packed full of activities celebrating the nation’s 50th year of independence. Here are just some of the events that you can take part in!
Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 @ Marina Bay
Organised by the Community Chest, the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 @ Marina Bay will kick-start the Golden Jubilee weekend on 7 August bright and early with both a fun walk and a vertical marathon. The fun walk is suitable for everyone, and participants will walk a 4-kilometre route around Marina Bay. The competitive vertical marathon, on the other hand, will see teams of four race up 57 levels at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, to reach the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. If you didn’t make it in time to register, there will be a carnival with balloon sculpting, face painting, handicraft and appearances by beloved mascot Sharity Elephant. Everyone present will also be invited to take part in the community drumming event, symbolising a united heart beating as one, so bring down your own percussion instruments (DIY is welcome) for this!
Gardens by the Bay Celebrates SG50
If you were planning on visiting Gardens by the Bay while in Singapore, the Jubilee weekend is a great time to go. The regular Garden Rhapsody music and light show will be replaced with a once in a lifetime special SG50 edition. Catch the music and light show at 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9.30pm. There will also be a floral depiction of the Singapore Story! If you have Singaporean friends with you, they’ll get 50% discount on admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest from 9am to 9pm, while Singaporean senior citizens aged 60 and above get free entry.
Pack a picnic basket and head to the Marina Barrage! On 7 and 8 August, there will be a collaborative picnic organised by Families for Life, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RASF), Public Utilities Board (PUB) and NParks. Not only will there be acrobatic aerial displays by the Black Knights from the RSAF, there will also be performances by the SAF Music & Dance Company, food trucks, childhood games, inflatable bouncy castles and more. If you’re there on 9 August, National Day itself, there will be a live screening of the National Day Parade from 4pm too!
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The Esplanade is a spot arts enthusiasts should visit while in Singapore, and the Jubilee weekend is no different. From 6 to 10 August, there will be a slew of free programmes consisting of dance and music performances by home-grown talents, talks and workshops. As always, there will be art installations dotted around the Esplanade. This weekend, however, there will also be a bazaar featuring local entrepreneurs to scratch the “buy local” itch.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has made history as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site! You can visit and find out more about its history right now, but from 7 to 9 August, it will be jam packed with a ton of activities for the whole family. Enjoy a variety show that harkens back to the late 1950s Singapore, as well as symphony and bandstand performances, outdoor movie screenings and – of course – a live telecast of the National Day Parade on 9 August. Carnival activities as well as nostalgic snacks such as kachang puteh and ice balls will also be available to everyone, so come on down and partake in the celebration!
With special commemorative events and free entry into certain attractions, there’s no better time to head to Sentosa than the Jubilee weekend. Check out the Sands of Time, a sand art exhibition at Siloso Beach or see the giant Sentosa Merlion serve as a canvas for a dynamic light show. Want to learn about Singapore’s wartime history? Fort Siloso, with its collection of authentic World War II memorabilia, now has free entry (and guided tours) for all. There are also other ongoing promotions, such as various F&B discounts, free entry for pedestrians via the Sentosa Boardwalk every day after 5pm and free drive-ins for cars and taxis after 5pm on weekdays until the end of the year. Check out their website for more details.