National Day in pictures and videos: Islandwide celebrations and commemorations on Aug 9

Despite the early morning rain, Singaporeans mark National Day with observance ceremonies and colourful celebrations all around the island. We bring you the pictures of people out and about throughout the day for the SG50 festivities.


Volunteers from the Keep SG Clean movement, who helped to clean up rubbish after the National Day Parade. PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN LIM

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The crowd getting showered with confetti as fireworks erupt overhead. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN


Fireworks exploding over Marina Bay, as seen from the Marina Bay Sands sky park. ST PHOTO: PRISCILLA GOY


Soldiers saluting as the National Anthem is played. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN


The Esplanade's Outdoor Stage area is filled with people anticipating the fireworks display. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Children dressed in LED suits dancing during a performance at the National Day Parade 2015, held at the Padang on Aug 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN


The crowd goes wild as the planes fly past in the 5-0 formation. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


Cameras whipped out for A380 flypass. ST PHOTO: SAMANTHA BOH


The tribute video to the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew drove some spectators to tears. ST PHOTO: MELODY ZACCHEUS


A tender moment as the parade pays tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew in a video montage. ST PHOTO: JERMYN CHOW


The performers dressed as samsui women. ST PHOTO: LIM YI HAN


Madam Irene Huang (centre), 32, celebrates with her five-year-old son Kee Wei Liang (left), 4, and daughter Kee Pei Cen (right), 5. Their father Mr Kee Kuan Jim is a National Day baby and will have turned 36 today but he passed away in May from cancer relapse. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


The crowd stands to sing along to Stand Up for Singapore and one couple found the time for a welfie. ST PHOTO: SAMANTHA BOH


The crowd at the ArtScience Museum. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


The wait for the parade to start is almost over. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


Three-year-old Evie Ong enjoys the pre-parade. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


Mr Joe Ng, 54, assistant GM at a construction firm, with his wife Poh Chin, 53, son Benjamin, 23, and daughter Belle, 19, at the Esplanade. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Panorama of the crowd at the Floating Platform waiting for the start of the parade. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


Motivators engage the crowd by passing around a cardboard cutout of an Instagram frame and taking photos. ST PHOTO: PEARL LEE


The Esplanade was packed, with crowds diverted to other sites. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Mr Asri Razali, 26, one of the performers, plays one of the members of the Sang Nila Utama entourage. ST PHOTO: MELODY ZACCHEUS


Crowd motivators help spectators take pictures with props. ST PHOTO: CHERYL FAITH WEE


Early birds at the Padang try to keep cool. ST PHOTO: JERMYN CHOW


Nurses from various Singhealth hospitals, who are part of the vintage marching contingent, take a group wefie before the parade. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN


Madam Priscilla Yeo (left), 53, and Madam Sally Ng (right), 52, both bank executives who are part of the vintage marching contingent. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN


Retired Lieutenant Colonels Swee Boon Chai (left), 69, and Wong Ko Foon (right), 62, catch up while waiting for the parade to start. Both are part of the vintage marching contingent at the parade. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN


Republic Polytechnic student Inkanatisha Nasir, 20, helps her schoolmate and performer Adib Fadhli Yusoff, 20, touch up his make-up before the parade. ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN


Ms Chelsey Chen, 32, with her husband Adrian Chye and four-year-old son Taylor in high spirits at the Floating Platform while waiting for the parade to start. ST PHOTO: SAMANTHA BOH


Industrial pharmacist Cheryl Chia, 38 (far right), her husband Sven Lentzen, 37, with her mother, three children and two nephews staked out a prime spot near Suntec City. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Sanjjeev Ganesan (front row, second from left), 11, and his family were at the Marina Barrage to watch the Black Knights. ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG


Kites and brollies were out in full force at the Marina Barrage. ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG


 Brothers Safrizan Roslan (in white), 31, and Syazwan Roslan (in red), 26, are marrying Siti Noraisyah Mohd Sanusi (in white), 29, and Mahirah Mohd Helmi (in red), 27, respectively. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN


Mr Lim Swee Say joining in the Great Singapore Workout in the morning at Temasek Junior College with residents from Bedok. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN 


More than 1,500 participants, in red shirts and caps, taking part in the Great Singapore Workout at Temasek Junior College. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN 


More than 1,500 participants take part in the Great Singapore Workout at Temasek Junior College. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN 


SG50 Art Exhibition themed "Reliving the Memories" at Teck Ghee. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM


Pioneer Generation residents from Sembawang running the last leg of the GRC's SG50 relay run. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and Sembawang GRC MP joining Pioneer Generation residents at the SG50 relay run.   ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW


Bedok residents getting ready to march carrying a large Singapore flag. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN


Children waving the flag and getting into the spirit of the celebrations. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM


Grey skies over Nanyang but the stands at Jurong West Stadium, where residents are celebrating National Day together, are a sea of red-and-white. ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


Residents of Tanjong Pagar GRC, which was the constituency of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew until his death, gather at Lower Delta Road to listen to the reading of the Proclamation of Independence by Mr Lee. ST PHOTO: THAM YUEN-C


Residents of Tanjong Pagar GRC, which was the constituency of the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew until his death, gather at Lower Delta Road to listen to the reading of the Proclamation of Independence by Mr Lee. ST PHOTO: THAM YUEN-C


Uniform groups from primary schools in the area make up the contingents for the mini-parade in Nanyang. ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


Boy scouts at Marine Parade getting ready for the flag-raising ceremony for the National Day Observance Ceremony. ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN 


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong arriving for National Day celebrations in Marine Parade. ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN 


People waiting for the reading of the Proclamation of Independence at Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at Marine Parade. ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN 


Primary school students dressed up as samsui women. ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM


People in Bedok South looking on as some 1,500 residents march past waving the Singapore flag. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN 


Temasek Secondary School students waving flags and singing Home as they join in the celebrations at Bedok South. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN 


Mr Lim Swee Say speaking to Bedok residents. He thanked the pioneer generation for their contributions and encouraged Singaporeans to work for an even brighter future. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN


National Day Observance ceremony in Tampines. ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG 


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife taking the pledge. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


(From left) Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, Mr Heng Swee Keat, Ms Irene Ng and Mr Baey Yam at the Observance ceremony in Tampines. ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG


Ocean of red by the sea as early birds wait at the Marina Barrage for the Black Knights to come swooping in at noon. ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG


Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan (second from left) launches the Memories Of Mountbatten photo exhibition.  ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Memories Of Mountbatten photo exhibition was launched today by Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Singaporean IT professional Larry Leong is attempting to drive from Singapore to London in a Land Rover. His wife 
Simone and daughter Lucy are joining him for the 20,000km road trip. Photo taken at ECP before the flag-off. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN