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51 Ways to Celebrate Singapore's 51st National Day

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by J.D.Wen (subscribe)
I'm based in Singapore with interests in classical music, art & culture related talks, art fairs, ceramics, walking tour, food, travel, photography, pet dogs, fashion, sustainability and urban farming. Contact me at culturedcreaturelover@gmail.com
Published August 7th 2016
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National Day Preview at the National Stadium. Photo courtesy of NDP2016

Looking for ideas to celebrate SG51? From free entries to paid admissions, from nature to concrete jungle, and from free meals to the gastronomic fanfares, we come up with our ways how to celebrate Singapore's 51st birthday 2016 in style.

1. Celebrate National Day Parade 2016 at the National Stadium
Only the guests and lucky ones who won the ballots can enter for free. Try your luck next year if you didn't manage to grab it this year!


Source: NDP2016

2. Sing the National Anthem, Majulah Singapura.

3. Raise the National Flag and decorate your neighborhood in ushering SG51.

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Singapore National Flag. Photo source: Wikipedia


4. Watch the fireworks for free
Secure the best spot along the boardwalk facing the waterfront area near Kallang Wave Mall, Water Sports Centre, Merdeka Bridge and Tanjung Rhu Promenade.

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Fireworks - National Day Preview 2016. Photo courtesy of Singapore Sports Hub


5. Throw a picnic with your family and you'd get one of the best views of fireworks from Kallang Riverside Park.

6. View the Flag Fly Pass.

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A giant Singapore flag suspended from a Chinook helicopter and accompanied by two Apaches during a National Day Parade. will circle around Marina Bay area after leaving the Stadium. Photo source: Wikipedia


7. Recite the National Pledge

8. Go for 51ngapore's Wildest Parade with 51% off in this month.

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51ngapore's Wildest Party. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Reserve Singapore

9. Show your patriotism by dressing up in red and white.

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Celebrate National Day in style. Photo source: Wikipedia


10. Get the iconic Singa NDP at The Kindness Gallery.

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Individual figurines are discounted at $4.90 each while NDP Singa Box Set is sold at $180. Photo courtesy of The Kindness Gallery


11. Have a National Day buffet for free
If you are 51 this year, get to dine in for free with every two paying adults at Marriott Café only on 9 August.

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National Day Jubilation Buffet at Marriott Cafe


12. Enter ArtScience Museum with 51% off admission ticket only on 9 August.

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Future World. Photo courtesy of ArtScience Museum


13. Embrace the nation's multi-racial cultures by visiting Malay Heritage Centre, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Indian Heritage Centre, and Eurasian Association.

14. Enter Singapore Science Centre for free only on 9 August.

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Free admission to Singapore Science Centre on 9 August 2016 only for Singapore citizens and PRs


15. Visit the National Day-themed bazaars
shop for art & crafts and eat traditional food to your heart's content at FESTIVAL VILLAGE, and FIELD VIBES.

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FIELD VIBES will open on 9 August 2016 at Goodman Arts Centre


16. Staycation during the long weekend
Fullerton Hotel offers a special package with $51 dining credit, complimentary heritage tour, and more. And Furama Hotel has limited rooms at $51 per person.

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Deluxe Room at Fullerton Bay Hotel. Photo courtesy of Fullerton Bay Hotel


17. Take a trip down memory lane with delectable local food.
Spend your time eating with your loved ones at one of these restaurants: River Hawker Festival at Town Restaurant, Peranakan Buffet at Grand Mercure, High Tea Set at National Kitchen by Violet Oon, and many more. Pay only for $5.10 at Food Republic Capitol Piazza.

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Delectable local cuisines at National Kitchen by Violet Oon at National Gallery


18. Celebrate Ippudo's 6th birthday and SG51 with a bowl of ramen for just $10 this August.

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Enjoy Akamaru and Shiromaru for only $10 at Ippudo's Mohamed Sultan outlet only this August


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For National Day, Aura creates National Day Cocktail Miss Joaquim which is named after Singapore's national flower

19. Say cheers with the National Day cocktail
Aura creates Miss Joaquim, Singa-Pour and Raffles' Landing specially for SG51.

20. Enjoy 51% discount on your meals
If you are born in 1965, you'll be entitled to 51% off at The Square@Furama. Bistro Kai offers all diners 51% discount on all menus except for drinks.

21. Rent a car at discounted rates
Visit Mova Automative, Drive.sg and Ace Drive for more details.

22. Celebrate the National Day Ceremony at the community center.

23. Join Bukit Brown in the City walk
After the walk, try tile painting at Peranakan Tiles Gallery, and chill out in style.

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Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea. Photo courtesy of Singapore Art Museum


24. Singapore Art Museum offers free entry for all on 9 August
Get to visit Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea, and Learning Gallery: Once Upon This Island.

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NDP 2016 special customized cake RED WHITE STRIP design cake is avaialble for order at www.cake-inspiration.com

25. DIY a cake in red & white.
Get your supplies from Phoon Huat with 15% storewide discount.

26. Watch TV cable channels for free while waiting for the live telecast
Starhub's free channels are available until 11 August while Singtel's free channels are available until 9 August.

27. Say hello to your buddies for free with M1 and Singtel.

28. Whip local dishes up at home.

29. Download National Day songs.

30. Catch the live telecast from home and throw a party with your family, friends and neighbors.

31. Build a kite in red and white and fly it at Marina Barrage.

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Garden Rhapsody Singapore Edition at Supertree Grove. Photo courtesy of Gardens by the Bay

32. Catch the Garden Rhapsody Singapore Edition at Supertree Grove for free until 9 August.

33. Admire Vanda Miss Joaquim at the National Orchid Garden.

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Celebrate SG51 with free child ticket and 1-for-1 Singapore Sling. Photo courtesy of Singapore Flyer

34. Go on board Singapore Flyer and your child get to join you for free only this month.

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BBQ Under The Stars


35. Have BBQ Under the Stars at the Port of Lost Wonder.

Get to watch NDP Live while sink your teeth into a delectable BBQ spread and enjoy the cool sea breeze while kids get to splash at the Pirate Ship. Check out also NDP51 Bundle Deal.

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National Day Promotion at iFLY

36. Get to fly with $51 off for the second person at iFLY Singapore.

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Spot this National Flag stamp at the Room of Rarities. Photo courtesy of Singapore Philatelic Museum

37. Let's do a museum hopping the city district
NHB lines up many activities for National Day Open House on 9 August. Visit Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, National Museum, and Peranakan Museum.

38. Reflect the Singapore Story through the Jubilee Walk
The trail starts from the National Museum, passes by many national monuments in city district such as the Old Parliament House and the former Supreme Court and former City Hall, and ends at Marina Barrage.

39. Get nostalgic with 50 Years of National Day Parades at Kallang Wave Mall for free.

40. Take part in Water Tours cruising the historic Kallang Basin.

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Liu Kang, National Day (1967), Oil on canvas, 84 x 126cm, Collection of the National Gallery Singapore


41. Visit National Gallery on its open house day for free
It has witnessed the trials and tribulations as Singapore strive for independence. You get to create your own "time capsule" to preserve your memories of home and family, and get to watch the live telecast from Gallery & Co Café.

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The House of Patriot will be perfomed on 9 August 2016 at 2.30pm and 4pm. Photo courtesy of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

42. Be enthralled by the story of our pioneer generations through the House of Patriot at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall on 9 August.

43. Make this National Day celebration meaningful for you and your loved ones at Resorts World Sentosa with $51 discounted tickets to enter both Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium.

44. Visit Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the last National Day
It'll be closed for redevelopment and will only be reopened in 2025.


45. Spread the spirits of giving by donating a Passion Pack to the needy and get to see the largest Sculpture made of Canned Food at Bedok Mall.

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Singapore Book of Records with the 'Largest Sculpture made of Canned Food'. Photo courtesy of Bedok Mall


46. Decorate your home in red & white.

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Top: Le Creuset ® Signature 5.25-qt. Cerise Red Roaster from Crate&Barrel and Sommar 2016 paper napkin from IKEA. Right: IKEA Sangen Lamp. Bottom: Circus Bean Bag from Flexa and Marin Dinnerware from Crate&Barrel


47. Ride buses and trains with Special Edition National Day EZ-Link cards
A set of three 2016 ez-link cards is sold at $18. Individual cards will be on sale at $12 from 9 August onward.

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2016 Special Edition National Day EZ-Link cards. Photo credit: EZ-Link Pte Ltd & Noise Singapore


48. Let your kids join the National Day Ball Hunt and win prizes at Eastpoint Mall on 9 August.

49. Redeem NDP's eCoupons at the participating vendors such as Jurong Bird Park and Madame Tussauds, Mad for Garlic.

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Download e-vouchers and enjoy many promotions island-wide. Photo source: NDP2016


50. Join Sketching Workshop by Urban Sketchers for free on 9 August.

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Photo credit: Urban Sketcher (Singapore)


51. Get National Day theme face painting or nail painting.

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Red & white nail colors for National Day. Photosource: Princess Cottage


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