Singapore Fireworks 2018 – NDP, New Year, Best Places and Timing

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INTRODUCTION
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
National Day Parade

Daily Pops
Sentosa Wings of Time

Every Year Without Fail
New Year Countdown

The Festive One
Chinese New Year

Fast and Furious
Singapore Grand Prix

Extras
Gallery and More

 

 

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.

23 JUN 2018
CR 1
30 JUN 2018
NE SHOW 1
7 JUL 2018
NE SHOW 2
14 JUL 2018
NE SHOW 3
21 JUL 2018
Preview 1
28 JUL 2018
PREVIEW 2
9 AUG 2018
ACTUAL NDP

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

 

 

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

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 fireworks 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.

 

 

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.

 

DAILY POPS
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.

 

EXTRAS
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!

 

FIREWORKS GALLERY

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HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FIREWORKS

4 Ways to Photograph Fireworks (In-Depth Guide)


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12 Thoughts to “Singapore Fireworks 2018 – NDP, New Year, Best Places and Timing”

  1. Lynn Tan

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Jocelyn

    There’s also fireworks on the final day of the F1

    1. Got it, will add that in later… Let’s hope that F1 continues to run in Singapore.

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