National Day 2023: A Celebration of Coming Together and Rising Above


Every year, Singapore celebrates its independence on 9 August. This year’s theme is "Onward as One", emphasising Singapore’s tenacity and strength stemming from a shared identity. Most anticipated is the National Day Parade (NDP), which takes place at the Padang this year. Located near the National Gallery and other notable landmarks, this historical site is where the first commemoration was held back in 1966. Every NDP is packed with countless highlights. The showcase of the Singapore Armed Forces features a thunderous aerial display and breathtaking free-fall jump by the Red Lions, which is followed by multicultural dance performances. Finally, the National Day celebrations come to a close with a spectacular fireworks display.

An architectural icon in Singapore’s skyline, Marina Bay Sands is the perfect backdrop for any National Day celebration. The integrated resort captivates visitors with its distinct fusion of unique attractions, culinary delights, and vibrant entertainment. The festivities don’t end on 9 August – celebrate National Day with these places to visit and things to do in Singapore.

Unleash a Symphony of Flavours


Discover a foodie’s paradise with diverse cuisines at these bucket-list dining experiences at best restaurants in Singapore.

Chili Crab, served at Bread Street Kitchen at Marina Bay Sands to celebrate 2023 Singapore National Day

National Day Dining Specials

Red-and-white goodies await with National Day Dining Specials at the restaurants. Fill up on classic Singaporean flavours with the Bandung flavoured National Day CrazyShake at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer and Bread Street Kitchen’s take on Chilli Crab, the umami-rich Mud Crab in Spicy XO Sauce. For a taste of sweet and savoury local favourites – including Satay, Tutu Kueh and Ice Kacang – head to CÉ LA VI Restaurant for a National Day party to remember.

RISE: Embark on a Flavour Journey Across Borders

RISE promises a culinary adventure around the world. This all-day dining favourite offers a buffet menu with a refined selection of local and international culinary delights. RISE serves a sensory banquet that includes delectable dishes like Singapore Chilli CrabWagyu beef rib-eye, and fresh seafood options. The restaurant's incredible flavours infuse a commitment to sustainability, with a focus on local ingredients and food waste reduction initiatives.

RISE is located at Lobby, Hotel Tower 1.

Chicken rice, a Singaporean local delight served at RISE Restaurant, to be enjoyed during National Day

Rasapura Masters: Unveil a Smorgasbord of Flavour

This impressive food court brings together a medley of regional and local delights, offering you the chance to savour Singapore's finest street cuisine in a laid-back setting. Rasapura Masters showcases the vibrant spectrum of Singapore's captivating culinary scene, from hawker staples such as rojak to tantalising favourites like smokey, chargrilled BBQ chicken wings.

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Rasapura Masters is located at B2-50, The Shoppes.

Roast pork served at Rasapura Masters, serving numerous Singaporean local delights

The Heartbeat of Singapore's Homegrown Brands


The Shoppes, one of Singapore's largest shopping mall, is a showcase of popular local brands and a well-known destination for the finest international luxury watch and fashion brands. This National Day, take a moment to recognise the creativity and craftsmanship of Singapore's leading homegrown brands.

Model with a bag from Charles and Keith, a Singaporean fashion brand

The Art of Elegance: Charles & Keith's Modern Footwear Mastery

Singapore-based fashion label Charles & Keith has carved a name for itself on the global stage. Renowned for its fashionable and reasonably priced footwear and accessories, it offers an extensive selection that ranges from chic handbags and shoes to stylish jewellery and sunglasses. Whether you’re looking for a trendy statement piece or an elegant classic, add Charles & Keith to your shopping itinerary and browse to your heart’s content.

Charles & Keith is located at B2-96, The Shoppes.

Local delights and specialty cookies sold at Old Seng Choong, a Singaporean brand

Savour Snacking Traditions with Old Seng Choong

Head to Old Seng Choong for an incredible selection of traditional local snacks and a glimpse into Singapore's culinary history. Take your pick from souvenirs that showcase Singapore's vibrant tastes, with everything from Pandan Coconut Cookies to expertly baked Jeju Yuzu Chiffon Cakes. Make a point of stopping by; there is always time for a tasty snack.

Old Seng Choong is located at L1-72, The Shoppes.

A bottle of whisky from 1855 The Bottle Shop, one of the best wine shop to shop for Singapore National Day

1855 The Bottle Shop: Every Sip is an Adventure

Celebrate in style at 1855 The Bottle Shop. Explore an impressive selection of wines, spirits, and luxury drinking accessories to add a little pizazz to your collection. The shop caters to both clued-up connoisseurs and curious beginners interested in exploring the world of wines and spirits. With everything from award-winning whiskies to an impressive selection of sake, you are sure to find the perfect tipple for your palate at this best wine shop in Singapore.

1855 The Bottle Shop is located at L1-30, The Shoppes.

Attractions and Activities to Dazzle and Delight You This National Day


Marina Bay Sands offers a plethora of attractions brimming with National Day activities. Whether you’re seeking adventure or a peaceful retreat, you’re sure to find the perfect itinerary.

Inside Future World, an immersive exhibition to visit during Nationa Day in Singapore at ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum is a celebration of the creative processes that bring together art, science, technology, and culture. Its distinctive lotus-shaped building exemplifies the museum’s commitment to exploring the connection between nature and technology.

Step into a world of endless possibilities and unleash your creativity at Singapore’s largest permanent digital art gallery, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, where interactive artworks come to life. Embark on a captivating journey through City in A Garden, which draws inspiration from Singapore's natural beauty in eight stunning installations. Afterwards, head to Exploring New Frontiers – designed to inspire visitors to think about the future of humanity and our relationship with nature.

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Rain Oculus

A creation of renowned artist Ned Kahn, the magnificent Rain Oculus is a must-see attraction at Marina Bay Sands. This one-of-a-kind whirlpool serves as both a skylight and a rainwater harvester, channelling a mighty deluge of water once every hour. Witness this larger-than-life masterpiece in action and you will be spellbound watching its ethereal dance.

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SkyPark Observation Deck

For an unbelievable bird's-eye view of Singapore, the SkyPark Observation Deck provides a panoramic, unobstructed view of the city in all its glory. From the 56th floor, gaze upon an unrivalled view of the country's remarkable skyline and the Singapore Strait. The captivating panoramic vista spans the entire cityscape, as well as the verdant wonder of Gardens by the Bay.

View from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands for the National Day fireworks in Singapore

National Day in the Sky

This year, book a front row seat to the mesmerizing fireworks display as you celebrate National Day in the Sky. Begin your evening with a quintessential Singapore Sling as you catch the impressive performances on the National Day Parade livestream – you might even get a glimpse of the spectacular aerial displays. The festivities build to a satisfying close with a fireworks extravaganza not to be missed.

Digital Light Canvas

Teleport to a captivating sensory experience at Digital Light Canvas. Located in The Shoppes, this innovative digital art installation blends visual arts with cutting-edge technology. Bring art to life as you walk across an interactive LED floor filled with captivating flora and fauna, and set off virtual fireworks in the 14-metre-tall light sculpture. Let your imagination run wild and be transported to a magical world of spectacular light and colour.

Digital Light Canvas, a popular attraction in Singapore during the National Day

Around Marina Bay Sands

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, near Marina Bay Sands to visit during Singapore National Day

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay unfolds as a modern oasis reclaimed from the sea. Two massive greenhouses recreate the brisk ambience of mountainous environments, while the towering Supertree structures serve as a striking overhead promenade.

Gardens by the Bay encapsulates Singapore's ambition of becoming a 'City in a Garden' with awe-inspiring floral exhibits and eco-friendly architecture. A visit promises to be an unforgettable experience – a serene escape that is as enthralling as it is breathtakingly beautiful. Make the most out of your visit with our comprehensive guide to Gardens by the Bay.

Night view in Singapore along the Helix Bridge with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop

Helix Bridge

The intricate design of DNA served as inspiration for the iconic Helix Bridge, which connects the Marina Centre and Marina Bay Sands. The bridge, which transforms into a mesmerising light show at night, adds glitz to an already vibrant night scene. Capture a sweeping view of the city's skyline, or simply meander across the bridge to discover more of Singapore’s landmarks.

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Redefining Rest: A Stay Like No Other

Once you're done shopping, dining, and exploring attractions, check into your private sanctuary with opulent rooms and suites at Marina Bay Sands. Celebrate National Day in style with unparalleled hospitality at the best hotel in Singapore, and enjoy exclusive access to the Infinity Pool for exceptional views of the city.

A stay at Marina Bay Sands is an unforgettable affair. Experience the epitome of luxury for the ideal backdrop for any holiday – be it a romantic getaway, family-oriented fun, or a well-deserved solo retreat. Be spoilt for choice with a vast collection of accommodations ― The Sands Collection, The Paiza Collection and The Original Collection ― ranging from spacious rooms with sweeping views to lavish suites with private balconies.

Experience More this National Day with Sands Lifestyle


Make the most of your visit with a Sands LifeStyle membership. Earn and redeem Reward Dollars and receive a slew of perks from exclusive dining and shopping offers to parking benefits.

While you are at the world's leading integrated resort, discover things to do in Singapore this weekend and embark on a journey to visit instagrammable spots in Singapore. Savour local and international dining delights at Michelin star restaurants in Singapore or delve into an exquisite Omakase experience. Shop at Singapore's largest shopping mall and discover a slew of luxury watch brands before ending your day on a high note with a rooftop dining exeperience at the top rooftop bars in Singapore.

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