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 : I will update this guide as more information is being released.

 

 

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
COMBINED REHEARSAL 1
2 JUL
COMBINED REHEARSAL 2
8 JUL
NE SHOW 1
15 JUL
NE SHOW 2
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

The timing for fireworks to be confirmed, but from the previous years, it usually go pop at around 8pm. You can relax a little during the rehearsals, but expect crazy crowding situations during the preview and actual day itself.

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
GALLERY (A FEW SHOTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS)

 

SECTION E
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

 


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4 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!

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