Singapore's 56th birthday may look a little different but that doesn't mean you can't show your local pride. Here are 10 amazing things to do on National Day.
It’s now two years in a row that we haven’t witnessed the National Day Parade (NDP) in its full glory (we miss singing along to National Day songs the most). Last year, it was scaled down. And this year, it’s been postponed (thanks, Covid!). But don’t let that dampen your patriotic spirit. We’ve put together a list of fun things you can do on National Day while being mindful of the Covid restrictions. Can we get a Majulah Singapura?
Things to do on National Day
1. Uniqlo celebrates hawker culture
In celebration of National Day, Uniqlo has teamed up with HawkerHeroes.sg to distribute 14,000 AIRism mask packs to our local hawkers. That’s not all. The Uniqlo Town stores at Plaza Singapura, Ion Orchard and its flagship at Orchard Central will offer unique in-store experiences. Learn how to go plastic-free (especially when opting for takeaways) at the Dhoby Ghaut and Somerset store. Plus, you can also purchase customisable tees that show your love for hawker food at the latter. Over at the Orchard outlet, discover cool facts about hawker culture and check out the augmented reality mural.
Uniqlo Town stores, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Orchard Central
2. Celebrate at the National Museum of Singapore
For the whole of August, the National Museum of Singapore will host a slew of fun online activities spotlighting our great nation. On National Day, look forward to musical showcases by Open Score Project and StrawberryStory. Plus, an interactive storytelling session where four characters choose an object to represent Singapore. Also, throughout the month, the gallery facade will come to life with projections of the national flag.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897 and online
3. Get lost in a maze
This one is sort of a hidden gem in nature. Located within Pasir Ris Park, the maze garden makes for a fun excuse to hit the great outdoors, especially if you’re looking for something off the beaten path. Ditch Google Maps and try navigating through the hedges to find the exit. Total Harry Potter vibes, if you ask us.
Pasir Ris Park, along Pasir Ris Central, opposite Pasir Ris Mrt Station, Singapore 519639
4. Go back in time at Changi Chapel and Museum
Revisit Singapore’s WWII history at the newly revamped Changi Chapel and Museum. Opening its door after a two-year redevelopment, the museum spotlights personal stories of prisoners of war during the Japanese Occupation. There are 114 artefacts across eight galleries, including a Morse code device hidden in a matchbox and a never-before-seen 400-page diary that belonged to a Changi prison internee.
Changi Chapel and Museum, 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
5. Take a closer look at the Sikh diaspora
We love that Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. There’s always something to learn and discover. Head down to the vibrant heritage ‘hood of Little India to find out about the Sikh community in Singapore. Held at the Indian Heritage Centre, Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold narrates the Sikh story through three parts, from its origins to the migration experience to perspectives from modern-day Sikhs.
Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold, Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
6. Say hello to street art
Singapore might be a clean and green place, but if you look close enough, you’ll come across interesting wall murals scattered around the city. Visit the cultural enclave of Kampong Glam and spot amazing artworks by homegrown artists at the Hall of Fame along Bali Lane and Ophir Road. Go on a self-guided audio tour or hop on a sidecar for a one-of-a-kind experience. Photography enthusiasts can sign up for the Polaroid Walk where you’ll explore the vicinity through the lens of a polaroid camera alongside a tour guide.
Hall of Fame, Bali Lane and Ophir Road
7. Admire Singapore’s diverse architecture
From iconic brutalist buildings to futuristic skyscrapers to breathtaking religious sites, Singapore is practically Disneyland for anyone who has an appreciation for great architecture. Some are even steeped in history. Look past Marina Bay Sands and check out the historic monuments and their glorious facades around the city.
8. Netflix and chill with local movies and series
Thanks to Netflix, we can look forward to a variety of Singapore content that will make us feel nostalgic. Come August, keep your eyes peeled for local gems like Under One Roof, Wet Season, Vettai, Growing Up and more!
9. National Day menus FTW!
We know dining in isn’t allowed but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a grand feast at home. We’ve put together a list of National Day-themed takeaway offerings for you to enjoy! (We’re called a foodie nation for a reason.)
10. Singlit matters
In celebration of National Day, we’re showing love to the local literature scene with our Honeycombers Book Club. So if you’re looking to curl up with a good book, take your pick from our list of reads for a slice of Singapore.
Time to celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday with all these fun things to do on National Day!