This year's National Day sets an unprecedented first, with the actual celebrations and parade postponed to August 21 in light of the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions. Instead of a big birthday bash, a small-scale ceremonial parade is slated to be held on August 9, as we celebrate Singapore’s 56th year since independence. The rest of the activities, which include the annual fireworks display and the Red Lions parachute event, will be postponed.
Despite the changes, the patriotic spirit remains strong. If you’re looking for ideas on holding a cosy celebration at home, we’ve gathered a list of experiences for you to enjoy with the whole family as you indulge in the long weekend ahead. Don on your red and white ensemble with pride and celebrate our island's 56th year!
1. Learn about Singapore
There’s no better time to discover our nation’s history than National Day. The National Heritage Board has pulled together an online archive consisting of objects, images, stories and more that details Singapore’s history in a rich and immersive manner. Discover the stories behind our iconic black-and-white bungalows, what World War Two was like in Singapore, and the origins behind various street names on our island.