NDP 2020: Where to see fireworks, Red Lions and mobile column near your home

Singapore celebrates its 55th birthday on Aug 9, 2020. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - This year's National Day Parade (NDP) celebrations will be brought closer to Singaporeans at home, with two livestream shows on Sunday (Aug 9) morning and evening.

Other highlights include perennial favourites like the Red Lions parachuting display, the mobile column military drive-past and, of course, the evening fireworks displays.

The state flag and F-15 fighter jet fly-pasts will also cover much of the island including the heartland for the first time.

On Aug 9, stay close to the action with The Straits Times' live coverage across multimedia platforms, which will include two NDP live shows, a special live blog and more.

Here is everything you need to know to enjoy NDP 2020 throughout Aug 9.

Morning segment

Watch live on free-to-air TV channels or the NDPeeps YouTube channel

From 9.30am on Sunday, ST will bring you live action from the Padang and various locations islandwide, from the Red Lions' jump into the heartland to tributes to healthcare worker to a special NDP watch party at home with a Singaporean family. Watch the live show on the ST website, Facebook or YouTube.

10.20am: Parade at the Padang and the Anthem Moment

NDP 2020 will begin with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day message, followed by a parade at the Padang reviewed by President Halimah Yacob.

The state flag will be raised concurrently across different locations and President Halimah will lead the nation in singing the National Anthem during the Anthem Moment.

The parade will salute front-line and essential workers in appreciation of their efforts in combating Covid-19, and the presidential gun salute will be held on the Padang field.

10.30am to 11.30am: Flag fly-past

Singaporeans will be able to see the state flag fly-past from their homes for the first time. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Look out for the state flag as it is flown across the country by a Chinook helicopter escorted by two Apache helicopters.

The flag will be flown past the Padang before it makes its way around the perimeter of the island.

10.45am to 11.15am: F-15 fighter jets' Roar of Unity

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For the first time, six RSAF F-15 fighter jets will soar around the island in a 'roar of unity'. The flypast will also fly over eight hospitals as a tribute to front-line and essential workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six F-15SG Eagle fighter jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force will execute the Roar of Unity aerial display over the Padang and fly over the eastern part of Singapore before swinging around to the west.

11am: Maritime sail-past returns after 20-year hiatus

The Navy's Formidable-class Frigate (back) sailing alongside the Specialised Marine Craft during the media preview for the NDP maritime sail-past on July 29, 2020. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Vessels from Republic of Singapore Navy, the Police Coast Guard, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Maritime and Port Authority will execute a sail-past along Marina Barrage.

11.10am: Red Lions land in the heartland

A member of the Red Lions in the sky before landing at open field next to The Vales Executive Condominium near Sengkang General Hospital during National Day Parade rehearsal on July 26, 2020. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

For the first time, the Red Lions will parachute down into heartland areas in Jurong East and Sengkang, paying tribute to front-line and essential workers at Ng Teng Fong General and Sengkang General hospitals.

The Red Lions will land at the hospitals at around 9am and the footage will be shown during the live show at 11.10am.

10am to 1pm: Mobile column to cover record 200km route

There will be 22 different types of equipment rumbling through five routes. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Key assets from the Singapore Armed Forces and the Home Team will reach into the heartland along five routes to allow viewers to experience the iconic mobile column from their homes.

Mobile column routes (Click or tap image to see detailed routes)


Evening segment

Watch live on free-to-air TV channels or the NDPeeps YouTube channel

From 8.15pm, continue the celebrations with ST as we bring you The Pledge Moment and heartlands fireworks displays from across the island in our live evening show. Watch on the ST website, Facebook or YouTube.

7pm: Evening show

Only 150 people will be attending the evening show, which will be held at The Star Performing Arts Centre. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The NDP 2020 Evening show will be broadcast live from The Star Performing Arts Centre and will feature inspirational stories of Singaporeans during the pandemic.

8.20pm: Night celebrations

The fireworks will have an effective visible range of 1km to 8km and will burst at a height between 15 and 62 storeys. PHOTO: ST FILE

The night will end off with the Pledge Moment at 8.20pm, when Singaporeans across the island will be invited to recite the Pledge in unison.

This will be followed by the Light-Up Moment, during which participants can light up their mobile phone torchlights with the red filter sticker included in the NDP pack and shine red lights from the windows and balconies of their homes.

Finally, the celebrations will end with firework displays launched from 10 different locations in the heartland.

Here are the 10 locations to catch the fireworks displays on Aug 9:

  • Ang Mo Kio
  • Bishan
  • Buona Vista
  • Jurong Lake Gardens *
  • Marina Reservoir *
  • Punggol
  • Sembawang
  • Tampines
  • Woodlands
  • Yew Tee

* Venue will be closed but those staying in neighbouring areas will still be able to see the fireworks.

Venue closures

Full-day closure

7am to 9pm

• Esplanade Park

• Empress Place

11am to 9pm

• Lakeside Garden at Jurong Lake Gardens

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Evening closure

4pm to 9pm

• Marina Barrage

• Promenade along Singapore Flyer

• Promenade along Gardens by the Bay and Bay East Garden

• Youth Olympic Park

5pm to 9pm

• Bayfront Event Space

• Clifford Square

• Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

• Esplanade Roof Terrace

• Jubilee Bridge

• Merlion Jetty

• Merlion Park

• One Fullerton Waterfront Promenade

• The Lawn @ Marina Bay

• The Promontory and Waterfront Promenade

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