Singapore NDP Fireworks 2017 – The Best Places and Timing

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INTRODUCTION
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.

 

 

SECTION A
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.

24 JUN
CR 1
2 JUL
NE SHOW 1
8 JUL
NE SHOW 2
15 JUL
NE SHOW 3
22 JUL
Preview 1
29 JUL
PREVIEW 2
9 AUG
ACTUAL NDP

For more information, you can check with the official NDP page, or follow up with the rehearsals on their Facebook Page.

 

 

SECTION B
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

MERLION PARK
The number 1 crowded spot, with both locals and tourists. Will be nice if you can actually catch with fireworks with the merlion.
ALONG ESPLANADE DRIVE
Most of the crowd from Merlion park will spill over here. Camp here super early if you want this spot.
ESPLANADE
The rooftop of Esplanade is another nice place to catch the fireworks – But beware that many photographers also know that.
THE PROMONTORY
I personally prefer this spot – where you can catch the fireworks with MBS as the backdrop. Another crowded place though.
MARINA BAY SANDS
You will be catching the firworks with the Esplanade as backdrop here… Another super crowded zone.
MARINA BARRAGE
Not really a good place with MBS blocking most of the fireworks. But not as crowded.
GARDENS BY THE BAY EAST
This place is not as accessible, but offers a nice skyline of the city and fireworks. Another of my favorites.
QUEEN ELIZABETH WALK
Behind the Esplanade Drive, but still offers a pretty decent view and skyline of the city.

THE PAID PLACES

MARINA BAY SANDS
If you can afford to pay for a room at MBS, you are in for a treat – The SkyPark offers a good view.
RITZ CARLTON MILLENIA
This hotel is right in front of all the fireworks action. If you can even manage to book a room there.
RESTAURANTS AT ONE FULLERTON
The Pelican, Overeasy, Forlino, and Palm Beach Seafood – Enjoy your food and beer while watching the fireworks.
LEVEL 33
This is an experimental penthouse dining place that has a nice view of the fireworks. Do reserve in advance.
1-ALTITUDE
This gallery / bar will sure offer a nice view of the city and fireworks.

 

 

SECTION C
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.

 

SECTION D
HOW TO SHOOT FIREWORKS?

Please do check out my other guide – How to shoot fireworks.

How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Boss

Also if you are interested in something a little more crazy – Astrophotography Fireworks.

Astrophotography Fireworks – My Crazy Epic Experiment

 

SECTION E
GALLERY (ALSO A FEW SHOTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS)


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14 Thoughts to “Singapore NDP Fireworks 2017 – The Best Places and Timing”

  1. Lynn Tan

    We love Singapore & we stay together with Singapore too….Singapore is ours home

  2. Bee

    The CR2 rehersal is not on 1st July but on 2nd – i know this as my kid is going there, but also confirmed with the sched for airspace closure

    1. Schedule updated. Thanks for the information!

  3. Wayne LOW

    Really helpful guides here with the Shooting Tips too.

    Been going there for last 2 weeks as well as today. Being doing a bit of scouting, personally walked from Promontory all the way to the Highways along Flyer (which I saw a lot of campers last week).

    Think I will go early today to just camp at Promontory or somewhere near One Fullerton. Will be again going next week and the actual NDP as well.

    Hope to catch some of you there.

    1. Yep, a few people are going to camp for the preview as early as 2 to 3 pm… It will be nice to bring some food, water, friends and entertainment along. I will only be there for the actual NDP, and good luck with the fireworks!

      1. Rosewell

        Hi W.S.Toh ,
        may I know next week Saturday NDP Fire works schedule.

        1. Rosewell, I really cannot tell you the exact timing… If they follow the scheduled performance, it will be after 8pm. Fireworks will go off along with the National anthem and pledge. But it’s the final NDP preview, so expect a full fireworks display that’s about 15 minutes long.

  4. Matthias

    Hi W.S. Toh
    would you mind sharing with me the settings you used for the shot you took along Gardens By The Bay East during SG 49?

    1. Hi Matthias, that is taken with Nikon D800E + 16-35 mm f/4. A stack of one base photo and multiple fireworks photos – Base @ 16mm ISO 100 f/11 30 secs. Fireworks stack @ 16mm ISO 1600 f/4 1/10 secs.

      1. Matthias

        I see.. i assume that you were on 16mm focal length as well for your shot by Gardens by the Bay East, during this year’s NDP fireworks?

        1. Yep, using the same 16-35mm f/4 lens.

  5. IndraPr

    Hi, very informative article that you have here, many thanks!

    May I know if Gardens By The Bay East would be a good place to watch the fireworks? Since it seems that the Marina Bay Sands hotel towers and perhaps Singapore Flyer (?) will be blocking the view?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Indra, I have a photo taken from Bay East in the gallery section. Bay East is a little further out, but you can catch the fireworks with the city skyline… Quite a good place for picnic with open grass fields as well.

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