Recently, Little Girl and I went to scout for better locations (other than the Floating Platform itself) to watch NDP fireworks that will happen on 9 August 2017. This year, the NDP 2017 is (back and) held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform.

Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace

Best places for Fireworks

We went for all the NDP rehearsals and previews, and there are top four suggestion venues/locations we recommend for awesome fireworks view at night:

Esplanade Waterfront Promenade & Jubilee Bridge

Personally, we believe that the best view to watch the fireworks is to go near the fireworks. Pick a spot along the long stretch of Marina Bay waterfront, it is as good as watching the NDP from the float and you get to see the both aerial and water performance too. The area is expected to be super crowded and please come early!

Esplanade Waterfront Promenade & Jubilee Bridge at Night
Esplanade Waterfront Promenade & Jubilee Bridge at Night
Fireworks at Esplanade
Fireworks at Esplanade
Fireworks at Esplanade Waterfront Promenade & Jubilee Bridge
Fireworks at Esplanade Waterfront Promenade & Jubilee Bridge

Benjamin Sheares Bridge

Coincidently, the Benjamin Sheares Bridge is the longest and tallest in Singapore. The bridge offers pedestrians a splendid view of the fireworks on Marina Bay. From this focal point, you can view the beautiful Singapore skyline, a good view of the Marina Bay, sunset, and fireworks together at one place.

Sunset at Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Sunset at Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Fireworks at Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Fireworks at Benjamin Sheares Bridge

Esplanade Roof Terrace

The top of the Esplanade Theatre offers another great viewing platform & a different perspective/angle to the NDP fireworks as well. It is an unobstructed view of the celebratory pyrotechnics.

Sunset at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Sunset at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace
Fireworks at Esplanade Roof Terrace

Marina Bay Sands

Directly facing the Singapore skyline, you can catch the breathtaking view of fireworks up close too. After that, you can also watch the new Light & Water show (Spectra) 9.00pm at Marina Bay Sands. Note that the show at 8.00pm will be cancelled.

Sunset at Marina Bay Sands
Sunset at Marina Bay Sands
Fireworks at Marina Bay Sands
Fireworks at Marina Bay Sands

Timings for Fireworks

There are a few “small pops and false alarms” between 7.30pm to 8.00pm. Generally, these are the estimated timings for the fireworks:

  • 7.38pm – Fireworks on Floating Platform only
  • 7.49pm
  • 8.00pm
  • 8.13pm – Grand finale (2 parts), stay tuned after the song

Note that there’s no rehearsals or previews on 5 August (today). For more information, you can check the official NDP page & their Facebook page.

Yes, the NDP party is back at Marina Bay Floating Platform and as usual, tickets are almost impossible to snatch. However, the best segment is always the fireworks and it is widely available for everyone across the island to enjoy. On the August 9, you have to be prepared – water, snacks, shades and power bank. Good luck in securing your favourite location for the fireworks and see you there, travellers!

Camera bodies & Lenses I use for firework photography: