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National Day (Singapore)

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National Day
Official nameNational Day of Singapore
Observed bySingapore
SignificanceCommemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965
CelebrationsNational Day Parade, National Day Message by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations
Date9 August
Next time9 August 2024 (2024-08-09)

The National Day of Singapore (Chinese: 新加坡国庆日; Malay: Hari Kebangsaan Singapura; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூரின் தேசிய நாள்) is celebrated every year on 9 August, in commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965. This holiday features the National Day Parade (NDP), National Day Message by the Prime Minister of Singapore, fireworks celebrations, and even advertisements urging Singaporean residents to procreate.[1]


National Day 1962: 10 cent stamp

Between 1960 and 1962, Singapore celebrated National Day on 3 June to mark self-government and the end of colonial rule by the United Kingdom.[2]

National Day Parade[edit]

The Singapore National Day Parade is a national ceremony that is usually held at The Float @ Marina Bay, the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, or the Padang. In 2007, the Parade was held at The Float @ Marina Bay for the first time, and in 2016, it was held at the Singapore Sports Hub. The parade includes performances that depict the yearly theme.

National Day Message[edit]

The National Day Message is an annual tradition on 8 August since 1966. In each year's recorded message, the Prime Minister of Singapore "examine[s] domestic and global developments, review[s] economic performance and outlook, and outline[s] national priorities and government plans as [he inspires] Singaporeans to move forward with a unified sense of purpose".[3]

Singapore Fireworks Celebrations[edit]

National Day celebrations also include fireworks celebrations. They feature several local and foreign teams which launch fireworks displays on different nights. First held in 2004 at Marina Bay, the event was initially known as the Singapore Fireworks Festival and organised by Unusual Productions. The amount of fireworks used has grown in magnitude over the past three years, from 4,000 rounds used in 2004 to over 9,000 in 2006. In 2012, a Mentos commercial encouraged procreation during the same time as the fireworks celebration.[4]

National Day rally[edit]

On the first or second Sunday following National Day, the prime minister gives an address to the nation at a National Day Rally, which usually features discussions of the country's status and accomplishments, and announcements of future plans and policy changes.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mahtani, Shibani (10 August 2012). "Thursday's the Day to Go All the Way for Civic Duty in Singapore". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Singapore's first National Day celebrations".
  3. ^ "National Day Messages". Archives Online. 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ Mahtani, Shibani (10 August 2012). "THE A-HED August 10, 2012, 8:08 a.m. ET Thursday's the Day to Go All the Way for Civic Duty in Singapore". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ Chew, Hui Min (20 August 2016). "From babies to casinos: 11 memorable National Day Rally speeches". The Straits Times.