The format for the annual National Day Parade (NDP) might seem similar year in, year out: military display, mass performances and, of course, fireworks.
But credit must go to the organisers and participants who worked hard to make yesterday's birthday bash a little special.
This year's NDP held at the Marina Bay floating platform (above) delivered a treat for the 25,000 spectators: a bigger aerial display by the air force, day-time fireworks, free-falling naval divers, and wing-suited Red Lions.
History was also made at Singapore's 53rd birthday with President Halimah Yacob, the country's first female head of state, in attendance.
A birthday comes and goes in 24 hours, but the act of remembering the country's past and celebrating its achievements will hopefully make an impact that lasts far longer.