SINGAPORE FIREWORKS 2018
Hello and welcome to my guide on the best places to shoot fireworks in 2018! Singapore, the “Little Red Dot” may be small, but it is packed with fireworks action every year. For you visitors to Singapore and local fireworks fans, don’t worry, I got you covered.
Here in this guide, you will find information on the fireworks events here in Singapore, as well as the best places to catch them. As this is kind of an ongoing thing, I will update this guide occasionally. Do check back over time if you are interested for more.
WHERE ARE THE FIREWORKS?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Grand One
Every Year Without Fail
The Festive One
Fast and Furious
THE GRAND ONE
SINGAPORE NATIONAL DAY PARADE FIREWORKS
Every year on 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 – Where you don’t really have to fight with a big crowd to catch the good stuff. Thus in this section, there will be information on the scheduled dates, and where you can find the best vantage points.
WHERE & WHEN WILL NDP BE HELD, PLUS USEFUL LINKS
The boss man has spoken, NDP 2018 will be held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform – Straits Times.
NOTE: The below are estimated rehearsal dates. The officials have not released much information.
NE SHOW 1
NE SHOW 2
NE SHOW 3
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SHOOT THE FIREWORKS?
Since the NDP is 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 fireworks 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
- 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.
- From the previous NDP years, the fireworks usually go off after 8pm. Usually between 8.15pm and 8.30pm.
WINGS OF TIME
Wings of time is a daily show that plays twice at Sentosa at night 7.40pm and 8.40pm. There will be some small fireworks during the finale. Unfortunately, you will need to pay $16.20 for a ticket to watch the show. You can find out more information, and book the tickets on their official website.
Here is a short clip of the fireworks finale, video credits by Kelvin Tan.
EVERY YEAR WITHOUT FAIL
NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN 2017-2018
I guess there will be countdown parties all over the “major locations” – Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Sentosa, etc…
- Siloso Beach Party – Sadly not free. Click here for their official website.
- Marina Bay Countdown – Unfortunately not free again, but since this is an open area, you should be able to catch the fireworks all around Marina Bay. Click here for the official website.
- Clarke Quay – The only free admission. More information here.
THE FESTIVE ONE
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinese New Year for 2018 will fall on 16 and 17 Feb. For the visitors to Singapore, do take note that most shops will be closed over the period of 16 to 18 Feb. If you are looking for some fun and fireworks action, come before Chinese New Year.
Chinatown will be lit up with Chinese New Year decorations in January, and there will be some fireworks and firecrackers during new year eve (15 Feb). For more information check out the official Chinatown Festivals website.
Edit: Fireworks at River Hongbao until 24 Feb – Every night 9 pm at the Marina Floating platform. 23 and 24 Feb fireworks will go off slightly later at 9.40pm. Don’t miss it! Click here for the River Hongbao official homepage.
FAST AND FURIOUS
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
The Singapore Grand Prix will run from 14-16 Sep in 2018, and traditionally, there will be some fireworks at the closing on 16 Sep held at the Bay Grandstand. The problem is, the entire Marina Bay area will be closed for the event.
Most of the areas will be restricted, making free attempts to catch the fireworks difficult. If you still want to have a jab at it, you can try Gardens by the Bay East. If not, your best chances are to actually buy a ticket or stay at the nearby hotels.
You can get more information at the official Singapore F1 Website.
GALLERY AND MORE
For the final section of this guide, I shall leave a quick sharing of my humble fireworks photography over the years. Also, if you are interested in learning more about taking fireworks photos in the “serious” way, do check out my other guide. Enjoy!