National Day Rehearsal Dates and National Day Parade 2024



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National Day Parade (NDP) 2024 happens on 9 August with rehearsals and previews show happening across June, July and August!

Photo Credits: https://www.ndp.gov.sg/

Dates: 

  • 1st Combined Rehearsal:¬†15 Jun 2024
  • 2nd Combined Rehearsal: 22 Jun 2024
  • 3rd Combined Rehearsal: 29 Jun 2024
  • 1st NE Show: 6 Jul 2024
  • 2nd NE Show: 13 Jul 2024
  • 3rd NE Show: 20 Jul 2024
  • 1st Preview: 27 Jul 2024
  • 2nd Preview: 3 Aug 2024
  • NDP 2024: 9 Aug 2024

The National Day Parade (NDP) 2024 will be held on 9 August 2024 at the Padang. This year's parade will coincides with the 40th Anniversary of Total Defence! 

Families can expect, for the first time, a Total Defence 40 Dynamic Defence Display at the Padang with air-land components from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) working hand-in-hand.

NDP festivities and the TD40 Dynamic Defence Display will also be extended to the Marina Bay area so that more Singaporeans can be involved in the NDP celebrations. There will also be traditional NDP crowd favourites like the Red Lions and aerial flypast.

While the parade is happening at the Padang, we expect the main fireworks will still be happening at Marina Bay. So for families who are keen, we have the NDP rehearsal dates, and firework times will be coming up once we get them!

National Day Parade Dates

Photo from 2021, for illustration purpose only

The following are the dates for rehearsals and NDP2024

  • NDP Rehearsals: 15, 22, 29 Jun 2024
  • NE Shows:¬†6, 13, 20¬†July 2024
  • NDP Previews: 27 July¬†and 3 Aug 2024
  • NDP 2024: 9 Aug 2024

Heartland Celebrations will happen on 10th August at five Heartland Celebration sites with community group performances on stage, static displays of SAF, SCDF and SPF vehicles, viewing of fireworks displays as well as carnival and family activities. NDP packs will also be given to those attending the celebrations. While stocks last!

*Note that fireworks might not be happening on all rehearsal dates. 

Fireworks Timing

Photo Credits: https://www.ndp.gov.sg/

*TO BE UPDATED! 

We will update this list when we have the information. Below are some of the key timings from 2022 for reference - note that these are NOT timings for 2024.

  • 8.12 pm: Stage Fireworks and Fire Display
  • 8.23 - 8.27 pm: Fireworks Show
  • 8.29 pm: Fireworks (National Anthem)

Catch the RSAF Island Flypast

*TO BE UPDATED! 

 

Tips for Catching NDP Rehearsal

Similar as last year, this year's NDP is happening at the Padang, so families who like to catch the parade for free, you can actually make your way to the area outside The Arts House and the Parliament House. This is the junction where the marching contingent as well as mobile column will go past. 

The mobile column will also park outside Funan Mall, along North Bridge Road after it's segment at the parade. 

*Note that this is based on our observations from NDP2023 and these may change. 

Tips For Catching the Fireworks

The fireworks display is a popular event and places to catch the fireworks normally get crowded very early. Below are some tips that we like to share for families who are thinking of heading out to catch the fireworks

  • Try catching the fireworks on the rehearsals or preview - these are usually less crowded and easier to manage if you are bringing kids.
  • Get in early and book your spot - the venues get crowded easily, so we suggest heading into the area early and take your spot. It might not always be the best spot, but at least you have a spot.¬†
  • Less is more - bring as little things as possible. Think baby carrying instead of pram, one bag instead of multiple smaller ones, etc. But definitely don't forget the water, snacks and other essentials for the children.
  • Think about getting out - don't just consider getting into the venue. The bigger concern is leaving the venue when everyone else is leaving too - public transport will be full and private hire/taxis will be hard to come by. We suggest making your way out just before the main fireworks. This way you can still watch the fireworks and have a head start out!¬†
  • Take note of road closures - if you are planning to drive, do take note of the road closures. This year's parade should be more lenient since the actual parade is happening at the Padang while the main fireworks are at Marina Bay.¬†
  • Catch it at home - otherwise, catching the fireworks at home on TV is also a great experience, without the above considerations.¬†

Places To Watch The Fireworks

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Photo Credits: Gardens by the Bay

Below is a list of places that you may catch the fireworks. Note that these places do get crowded quickly - especially with photographers and others wanting to catch a glimpse of the parade. 

  • Marina Bay Waterfront
  • The Promontory
  • Gardens by the Bay East
  • Merlion Park
  • Along Esplanade Drive
  • Esplanade
  • Marina Barrage (partial view)
  • Helix Bridge / Sheares Bridge

Apart from the fireworks, there are much more happening for NDP2024 (to be updated nearer to NDP).



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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