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NDP celebrations to kick off at heartland locations ahead of National Day

NDP celebrations to kick off at heartland locations ahead of National Day

Fireworks light up the night sky as part of Singapore's 55th National Day celebrations. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

SINGAPORE: Celebrations for this year's National Day will start the weekend before Singapore commemorates 57 years of independence, with events like carnivals organised at heartland locations across the island.  

"The National Day Parade (NDP) 2022 Heartland Celebrations seek to engage Singaporeans, their families and communities in the National Day festivities," said parade organisers and the People's Association (PA) in a joint statement on Wednesday (Jul 13).

The carnivals, organised in partnership with the People’s Association, comprise exhibitions, performances and activities for families.

On Aug 6, four of these themed carnivals will be held from 4pm to 9pm at the following locations:

  • Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ficus Green - “Celebrations in the Park”
  • Punggol open field beside Waterway Point - “ONE Heart @ North-East”
  • Open field next to Sembawang MRT Station - “Family Bliss @ North-West”
  • Open field next to Buona Vista MRT Station - “Celebration with Our Stars”

Another carnival will take place at Geylang Wisma Serai - themed “Celebrating Togetherness @ South-East” - the following day on Aug 7, also from 4pm to 9pm. 

All carnival visitors above 12 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are certified to be medically ineligible for all vaccines under the national vaccination programme. 

The public will be asked to verify their vaccination status. Any visitors who are feeling unwell are advised to stay home and seek medical advice, the organisers and PA said. 

Entry tickets, which are required, and coupons for the carnivals will be made available to the public from 10am on Thursday at all community clubs. 

The tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis, and the coupons can be used to redeem items such as NDP packs at the carnival sites. 

The public can also apply for entry-only e-tickets via the BookingSG link on the NDP website from 10am on Jul 23. More details can be found on the NDP website.

The 12 heartland locations where the 2022 National Day celebrations will be held. (Graphic: Rafa Estrada)

RED LIONS FREEFALL

Perennial crowd favourites - the skydiving Red Lions - will also make an appearance. 

On Aug 7, members of the Singapore Armed Forces Parachute Team will conduct freefall jumps at around 9am at the following sites:

  • Open field next to Junction 8 in Bishan
  • Open field along North Buona Vista Road, near Ghim Moh Food Market

The Red Lions will engage the public after their jumps, said the organisers and PA. 

On National Day, two Chinook helicopters, each escorted by two Apache attack helicopters, will fly the state flag across Singapore from 5.25pm to 6.15pm. 

The western route will cover areas such as Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Kranji, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong and West Coast while the eastern route will comprise areas such as Khatib, Sengkang, Punggol, Bedok, Pasir Ris, Changi and East Coast.. 

From 5.50pm to 6.15pm, six F-16 fighter jets will fly across the nation in a delta formation. 

FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

Fireworks will be set off at five heartland locations from 8.15pm on Aug 9, at the same time as the fireworks display at the main parade in Marina Bay. 

The five locations are : 

  • Jurong West Stadium
  • Woodlands Stadium
  • Bedok Stadium
  • Site of former Tampines Junior College
  • Field in front of Ang Mo Kio Public Library 

Public viewing within the five locations will be facilitated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Source: CNA/yb(ac)

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