SINGAPORE NDP FIREWORKS 2017
Hello and welcome to my guide on the best places to shoot NDP fireworks in 2017! For you visitors to Singapore, every year on the Aug 9, we celebrate our independence day, and shoot some very grand fireworks.
But unknown to most people, we also have rehearsals 1-2 months before the big day – You don’t really have to fight with a big crowd to catch the good stuff. So thus the purpose of this guide, to share some information on the scheduled dates, and where to camp for fireworks.
Note : NDP 2017 is over. But I shall keep this post, and update it when information for NDP 2018 is available. Feel free to check out my mini fireworks gallery below.
WHERE & WHEN WILL NDP BE HELD, PLUS USEFUL LINKS
From a MINDEF Facebook note, the NDP this year will be held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. The preview and actual dates are as below.
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WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SHOOT THE FIREWORKS?
Since NDP is back at the floating platform in an open area, there are plenty of vantage points that we know of from previous NDPs.
THE FREE PLACES
The number 1 crowded spot, with both locals and tourists. Will be nice if you can actually catch with fireworks with the merlion.
Most of the crowd from Merlion park will spill over here. Camp here super early if you want this spot.
The rooftop of Esplanade is another nice place to catch the fireworks – But beware that many photographers also know that.
I personally prefer this spot – where you can catch the fireworks with MBS as the backdrop. Another crowded place though.
You will be catching the firworks with the Esplanade as backdrop here… Another super crowded zone.
Not really a good place with MBS blocking most of the fireworks. But not as crowded.
This place is not as accessible, but offers a nice skyline of the city and fireworks. Another of my favorites.
Behind the Esplanade Drive, but still offers a pretty decent view and skyline of the city.
THE PAID PLACES
If you can afford to pay for a room at MBS, you are in for a treat – The SkyPark offers a good view.
This hotel is right in front of all the fireworks action. If you can even manage to book a room there.
The Pelican, Overeasy, Forlino, and Palm Beach Seafood – Enjoy your food and beer while watching the fireworks.
This is an experimental penthouse dining place that has a nice view of the fireworks. Do reserve in advance.
This gallery / bar will sure offer a nice view of the city and fireworks.
TIMING & NOTES
Update for Actual NDP – There are a few “small pops, false alarms” between 7.30 to 8pm… but fireworks generally go off between 8pm and 8.20pm. Lasts for a good 10 to 15 minutes. Note that there are no rehearsals or previews on Aug 5 – Prepare for the actual day, and don’t wait there for nothing!
If you are taking public transport, City Hall, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Bayfront, Downtown, or Promenade MRT stations are good places to start. Try to exit fast when the fireworks end, or you will understand what “packed like human sardines” mean.
GALLERY (ALSO A FEW SHOTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS)
HOW TO SHOOT FIREWORKS?
Please do check out my other guide – How to shoot fireworks.
Also if you are interested in something a little more crazy – Astrophotography Fireworks.