In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s apt that Singapore is planning rather muted National Day 2020 celebrations this year. Yet celebrate we must! We’re not quite clear of the dreaded COVID-19, and the recent elections may have revealed some chinks in our armour. But witnessing Singaporeans from all walks of life conscientiously wearing masks and social distancing while trooping to the polls to do their duty is a great reminder that at the end of the day, we are #SGunited. And that in itself is a triumph worth a firework or two.


So c’mon, let’s start gearing up to that yearly occasion when Singaporeans young and old sing, “This is home, truly, where I know I must be,” — loud and proud as one. Here are some celebratory ideas to get your SG55 party started.

National Day 2020 Happenings

Welcome NDP2020 Home

As you’ve probably heard, there’s no need to head to the city for NDP2020 ­— this year, it’s coming to you. Gather the fam — togged out in reds and whites — in front of the TV or an online livestream. Sing “Majulah Singapura” as the flag is raised at the Padang during the Parade. Take part in a tribute to front-line workers and join the Light Up with items in the Singapore Together Pack. You might even spot traditional NDP favourites such as aerial displays and Red Lions flying past your window! There’s lots to look forward to — yes, fireworks too — ‘cause it’s time to give #OurHeartForSG.

Share The Care with Families For Life

In the lead up to National Day, Families for Life (FFL) is calling out to families to Share The Care in support of President’s Challenge 2020. First of all, change your Facebook and/or Instagram profile pic to the special red Share The Care button badge. From today to 31 August, POSB will donate up to $50,000 for your show of solidarity and community spirit!

Here are other ways to support the cause:

  1. Make a direct donation to President’s Challenge through FFL Share The Care via Giving.sg. Donors receive a specially curated e-recipe book, featuring “Red and White” recipes from President Halimah Yacob, local celeb Fann Wong, and bakeries such as Tarte by Cheryl Koh and Divine Artisan.
  2. From today, you can purchase a special agar-agar kit ($10) from any Phoon Huat/Redman store. Each kit includes our President’s National Day agar-agar recipe and $4 from every purchase goes to President’s Challenge. Buy more, make more, and #FFLShareTheCare with neighbours, friends, and family!
  3. Purchase any “Red and White” National Day-themed cookies and cakes from participating partners. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase will be donated to President’s Challenge.

And it doesn’t end there. On National Day itself, join #FriendsofFFLShare volunteers on Facebook for a series of fun craft- and sing-alongs. It’s all happening from 10am to 5.30pm, so see you and your family there!

Help Create Sentosa’s Flag of Unity

Sentosa Development Corporation is inviting Singaporeans and friends of the nation to be part of a massive Flag of Unity. To span 4,500 sqm across Siloso Beach, it will feature 10,000 red and white flags spelling out the NDP2020 theme, “Together, A Stronger Singapore”. To be upcycled into usable items after the event, each flag will carry one heartfelt message. And that’s where you come in. From now till 8 August, submit your hopes and wishes for Singapore at www.sentosa.com.sg/ndp2020. Every 20th submission will also receive a pair of wireless earbuds worth $20!

Join the 14th National Day Sing-along

On the eve of National Day, sing your hearts out at the 14th National Day Sing-along. Gracing this first online edition is special guest President Halimah Yacob. Look forward to a spirited sing-along led by homegrown singers Abby Lai and 阿Win, as they belt out familiar local tunes such as Home, The Stream That Flows Forever (细水长流), and Voices From My Heart (小人物的心声). Local deejays Phua Kia Peow and Bukoh Mary will also be hosting a series of interactive games. Join the livestream from 7.38pm to 9pm on the SCCC Facebook page, SFCCA Facebook page and Capital 958FM Facebook page.

Discover Majulah! Museums

National Day 2020 - Majulah! Museums
Image: National Heritage Board

As National Day approaches, find out how our museums and heritage institutions play a key role in anchoring our nation’s history, even while opening ways to think about our future. Gather the kids and check out Majulah! Museums on the I Love Museums Facebook page from 1 to 9 August. Also look out for the NDP Fun Pack giveaway as the Museum Roundtable celebrates our nation’s birthday.

(See also: 10 Seriously Unusual Museums in Singapore − Bet You Never Even Knew They Existed!)

Feel the Majulah Spirit with Asian Civilisations Museum

Celebrate the Majulah Spirit with Asian Civilisations Museum
Image: Asian Civilisations Museum

Rediscover our rich cross-cultural art and heritage with ACM this August. Online-accessible highlights include National Day classics with the Lorong Boys, live pre-registered portrait illustration, and a National Day-themed self-guided trail. The kids will enjoy educational online fun, from puzzles and quizzes to an upcycling craft activity. You can also explore the museum’s newest permanent galleries digitally, even via your VR headsets.

Celebrate through Art with National Gallery Singapore

Celebrate through Art with National Gallery Singapore
Image: National Gallery Singapore

To commemorate Singapore’s 55th and our spirit of resilience in a challenging year, the façade of National Gallery Singapore will be illuminated in red and white nightly from 24 July to 30 August. 60 artworks will also be projected in rotation on the central veiled canopy facing the Padang. This is in support of local production houses, artists and cultural workers whose work has been affected this year. Also enjoy free admission to all exhibitions in August! Singaporeans and PRs can also redeem a free one-year Gallery Insider membership (worth up to $120).

If you’d rather stay home, participate in exciting National Day activities online. Experience live performances by artists, poets, musicians, and art therapists. Join a self-guided therapeutic art programme, or docent-led tours. And don’t miss City Hall: If Walls Could Talk (Digital Edition), accessible via the Gallery’s website from 9 August.

Online and Onsite Fun with National Museum of Singapore

Online and Onsite Fun with National Museum of Singapore
Image: National Museum of Singapore

Every night throughout August, the iconic façade of the National Museum of Singapore also comes alight. Complement your visit with an exploration of the galleries with The Hunt@NMS. Discover clues, solve puzzles, accomplish tasks, and complete your journey with a special souvenir. Afterwards, remember to add your hopes and wishes for Singapore to the museum’s LED wall. While you’re there, tuck into a special National Day 3-course meal ($22) at Food for Thought.

There’s plenty more for families staying home too. On 3 August, journey with nine-year-old Nadine and her grandfather through the At Home, Truly digital experience, as they experience Singapore’s evolution from its beginnings as a nation to today. Join story-telling and game sessions for kids on 8 and 9 August. Other online happenings include talks, workshops, live music performances, in-gallery theatre performance, and a showcase of local short films.

In the meantime, NMS invites kids up to 13 years to take part in a National Day colouring competition. Watch this video to find out how to take part. Submissions close on 11.59pm on 1 August 2020.

Celebrate National Day 2020 Digitally with Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Reproduced with permission, Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum
Image: Reproduced with permission, Xiamen Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum

Singapore’s success today rests upon the laurels of our ancestors. Learn more about our early Chinese pioneers through a series of fun and informative trading cards. It’s part of the Heritage Institutions’ National Day digital celebrations, and happens on the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall Facebook page from 3 to 15 August.

(See also: 11 Meaningful Festivals that we Celebrate in Multiracial Singapore)

Get Wild about Singapore with Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Image: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

As Singapore continues its transition to a Safe Nation, Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s four wildlife parks are back in action. From 3 to 31 August (except 8 to 10 August), local residents visiting Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari or Singapore Zoo get a second admission at 55% off with every paying adult. Catch National Day-themed animal presentations where animal ambassadors express their well wishes for our little red dot. Collect a complimentary BINGO card from Singapore Zoo’s activity booth and embark on the WILDerful Singaporean Explorer Trail.

Wildlife lovers at home are not left out either. Take on weekly online challenges with Junior Ranger Mission: WILDerful Guardians Rescue. Then discover four lesser-known Singaporean animals through songs, videos and activities in Wondering about WILDerful Singaporeans virtual series. Become a wildlife partner through sponsorship this August and get a slot in the premiere! The virtual programme is suitable for kids aged 6 to 10 years.

National Day 2020 Dining Deals

Local-Thai-inspired Set Meals – Blue Jasmine

National Day 2020 Local-Thai-inspired Set Meals – Blue Jasmine

Good for four, Blue Jasmine’s Nasi Lemak Set ($48nett) brings together fragrant Blue Jasmine Lemak Rice, Thai-style Chicken Wings, Cha Om Eggs, Thai Asparagus with Shrimp Paste, and Thai Hor Mok. The final touch is a Thai Coconut Agar-Agar dessert that embodies the National Day 2020 spirit. Also available is a Nasi Lemak Bento for one ($12.80nett), and Blue Jasmine’s Roast Chicken Rice Set for four ($48nett). Every order of the Nasi Lemak or Roast Chicken set meal comes with a complimentary DIY Singapore Sling. Available till 31 August, pre-order here or call 6824 8851 for enquiries.

XXL Rendang Burger – Burger King

National Day 2020 XXL Rendang Burger – Burger King
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Miss the taste of the legendary Rendang Burger and wish your kids could experience it too? Then you’re in luck. Burger King has brought it back in celebration of the nation’s birthday, albeit only till 31 August. For the first time, it’s also available in an XXL size — beefier and saucier than ever before. Don’t eat beef? No prob — we hear the Rendang Tendergrill Chicken Burger is equally shiok. The Rendang-licious Bundle for four ($36.90), complete with Pulut Hitam Taro Pie, makes an ideal National Day treat.

P/S: Order the Rendang Double Beef XXL Meal from any of these six BK outlets (Bukit Batok East CC, Jurong Point, Seletar Mall, Tampines North CC, Viva Business Park and Yishun) on Deliveroo and receive a limited-edition foodie puzzle that’s perfect as a #stayhome activity with the kids. Hurry; there are only 30 sets out there, and they are exclusively available for one day — on 9 August 2020 — only!

$55 Menus – Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski

It’s an arcade-wide celebration where restaurants at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski present their rendition of Singaporean pride. Enjoy touches of German, Italian, Latino, Thai, and American cuisine in three-course menus ($55++) fused with local charm. These are presented by Frieda, La Scala, El Teatro Tapas, Chalerm Thai, and Broadway respectively. Or pre-order Berthold Delikatessen’s special Pulut Hitam Cake ($55) or National Day Cupcakes ($5.50 each) for a celebration at home. Available at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski from 1 to 31 August

Charlie Afternoon Tea – Conrad Centennial Singapore

Charlie Afternoon Tea – Conrad Centennial Singapore

Miss having afternoon tea but prefer to stay home? This charming Charlie Afternoon Tea ($74.90nett) set for two from Conrad Centennial Singapore is your answer. Savoury delights and delectable desserts are presented in a charming display resembling an actual tiered stand. It comes complete with tea and optional tipples. Available till 16 August from 1pm to 4pm, click here, call 6432 7483, or WhatsApp 8322 9876 for orders. The exclusive promotion includes free delivery and 10% off for first-timers who choose self-collection.

Steamed Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao – Din Tai Fung

Steamed Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao – Din Tai Fung

Another returning favourite is Din Tai Fung’s Steamed Chilli Crab and Pork Xiao Long Bao ($7.50 for four pieces). Meticulously handmade by its dedicated chefs, each dumpling is filled with succulent crab meat and juicy pork in a spicy crab-based broth. It’s so tasty, no additional condiments are necessary! Available at all Din Tai Fung restaurants islandwide from 1 to 31 August, while servings last. UOB Cardmembers enjoy 10% off.

(See also: Best Dim Sum in Singapore for Your Multi-generational Yum Cha)

National Day Themed Bundles – Domino’s Pizza

National Day Themed Bundles – Domino's Pizza

From its famous Chilli Crab Pizza to desserts, including the Ondeh-Ondeh Lava Cake, and Banana Kaya, Domino’s has put together special local-themed bundles as a nod to the nation’s 55th birthday. Bundle options start at just $5.50 with any purchase. Available on www.dominos.com.sg via Zero Contact delivery and takeaway, and dine-in for selected stores.

Happy 55 Celebratory Treats – Goodwood Park Hotel

Happy 55 Celebratory Treats – Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel doubles the festivities, as their 120th anniversary meets the nation’s 55th birthday. The Celebratory Set Menu for one features signature specials from L’Espresso’s Pork Shepherd’s Pie to Durian Crepe from The Deli. Relish the dangerously addictive Crispy Kangkong with Cheese and Sour Cream and more in the Snack Bundle. And satisfy your sweet tooth with a Sweet Box full of red-and-white cakes, tarts, puffs, and macarons. Available for self-collection and delivery from 1 to 10 August, each set is priced at $55+. Pre-order here or call 6737 7411 for enquiries.

Local National Day Takeaway Set – Ah Hoi’s Kitchen

Known for its signature crabs and authentic local zichar fare, Ah Hoi’s Kitchen at JEN Singapore Tanglin by Shangri-La has created a National Day takeaway set menu ($55+) for two diners. It comprises five courses, and stars baby lobster in salted egg sauce. Available for takeaway only from 7 to 23 August, pre-order here, with free delivery for $80nett minimum order.

National Day 2020 Platter – LeVeL33

National Day 2020 Platter – LeVeL33

This special $55++ National Day Platter from LeVeL33 is an elevated take on hawker classics. Perfect for two, it features Hainanese Chicken Sliders, Glazed Iberico Pork Char Siu skewers, Stingray Croquettes with spicy sambal aioli, Salted Egg Fries, and Sweet Potato Fries. Each item is designed to be easy to hold and even easier to eat as you watch NDP2020 on TV. Available from 1 to 9 August, pre-order here or WhatsApp 8511 4613.

National Day Cocktail Set – Mandarin Oriental Singapore

National Day Cocktail Set – Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Raise a toast to our nation at MO BAR with a locally inspired cocktail. Evoking flavours of Singapore’s iconic chicken rice dish, Lantern is a spicy yet refreshing gin-based cocktail crafted with a unique blend of chilli, chicken broth and cucumber. The celebratory set ($48++) for one comes with a second bespoke cocktail of your choice, as well as a scrumptious seafood delight of lobster, snow crab and prawn. Available exclusively on 9 August from 6pm to 9pm, call 6885 3500 or email mosin-dining@mohg.com for reservations.

National Day Unlimited Plated Lunch, High Tea, and Dinner – Orchard Hotel Singapore

Delicious feasts with a local twist are on the menu at The Orchard Cafe this August. Enjoy unlimited plated servings prepared a la minute at lunch ($55 per adult), high tea ($42 per adult), or dinner ($55 per adult from 7-9 and 14-15 August). Highlights include Signature Laksa Chee Cheong Fun with Tempura Prawns, Rendang Rib-eye Steak, and Singapore Chilli Crab with Honey Pomelo Pulp. Then take home your choice of Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake or Coconut Malibu. Groups of five diners who come in red and/or white and make a social media shout-out get a Symphony Gift Box NDP edition (worth $55) too. Enjoy 30% off lunch and high tea on 8-10 and 15-16 August. Children below 5 years dine free; and 5 to 10 years at half price. Call 6739 6565 or email orchardcafe.ohs@millenniumhotels.com for reservations.

Opalys Raspberry Entremet and Gastronomic Menu – Pan Pacific Singapore

Opalys Raspberry Entremet – Pan Pacific Singapore

Celebrate Singapore’s iconic dining culture with a special six-course set menu ($176 for two) courtesy of Hai Tien Lo. Think Wok-fried Tiger Prawn with Water Spinach in Spicy Dried Shrimp Paste, and Chef Ben’s Speciality Bak Kut Teh. Complete the feast with a decadent red-and-white Opalys Raspberry Entremet ($60.80 for 1kg) presented by Pacific Marketplace. Available for self-collection or delivery from 1 to 16 August, pre-order here or call 6826 8240 for enquiries.

Roaring Good Treats for the Lion City – PrimaDéli

Roaring Good Treats for the Lion City – PrimaDéli

Have a roaring good time this National Day with PrimaDéli’s lion-shaped bakes. The Mane Mane Cake ($15 for 300g) and Lion Bread ($2.80 per piece) are super cute! Also spice up your party table with Red & White Cupcakes ($27 for 9 pieces) and Limited Edition Strawberry Swiss Roll (now $5.50 each). Available for purchase and order at all PrimaDéli outlets islandwide till 14 August.

National Day Combo – Shake Shake In A Tub

Newly halal-certified Shake Shake In A Tub is promoting the patriotic spirit with a red-and-white National Day combo ($15.50; usual $25.70). Eight pieces of Shake Shake Chicken, one Huge Tub of Criss-cut Fries, and one Huge Tub of Shoestring Fries will be sprinkled with your choice of Red (Mala or Cheese) and White (Truffle or Sour Cream and Onion) powder seasoning. You also receive a free Shaker Tub and limited-edition National Day x Shake Shake Stickers with every order. Available only for takeaway from 1 to 15 August.

Singapore’s Multi-cultural Cuisine – Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

All-time favourite local dishes feature at The Line’s National Day all-you-can-eat a la carte buffet (from $58++ per adult) from now till 10 August. Durian fans can opt to add $45++ during dinner for freshly shucked king of fruit. Alternatively, head to The Lobby Lounge for a special Peranakan edition of its afternoon tea for two ($58++). In a bid to #supportlocal, HarriAnns, Lucky Her Kiao by Uncle James, and Ollella will present their specialities in a live station pop-up from 8 to 10 August respectively. If you prefer to stay home, order a six-course Peranakan takeaway feast for two ($55+). It includes a DIY popiah set and a red-and-white Bandung Vanilla Chiffon Cake. For reservations, call 6213 4398 or email dining.sls@shangri-la.com. Click here for takeaway orders.

National Day 2020 Sofa Menu – Tablescape Restaurant & Bar

National Day 2020 Sofa Menu – Tablescape Restaurant & Bar

Add a gastronomic touch of luxe to your National Day 2020 celebrations with Tablescape’s special Sofa Menu ($68nett). Exclusively available on 8 and 9 August, each set for two diners offers seven savouries and three sweets. While your eyes feast on the spectacular displays on TV, savour the Signature Mini Beef Burger, Blinis with lobster and caviar, Matcha Cheesecake, and more. Pre-order here or call 6432 5566 for enquiries.

(See also: 48 Kid-friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Singapore (2020 update))

National Day 2020 Dim Sum Specials – Tim Ho Wan

National Day 2020 Dim Sum Specials – Tim Ho Wan

Be in for a treat with famous Hong Kong dim sum specials from Tim Ho Wan. Available for takeaway or delivery only (24 July to 9 August), purchase the award-winning Baked BBQ Pork Bun and get Hong Kong Style Egg Tart for $3 or Glutinous Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf at $4 (usual $5.50 to $7.80). Exclusively for dine-in (24 July to 31 August), pay just $3 for your second bowl of Pork Congee with Century and Salted Egg or Special Hong Kong Congee (usual $6.00 to 6.50).

National Day 2020 Platter – Telok Ayer Arts Club

National Day 2020 Platter – Telok Ayer Arts Club

This National Day 2020, Telok Ayer Arts Club presents a pick-up/delivery exclusive National Day Platter ($65+). Good for two to three, it features Nasi Minyak, Ayam Masak Merah, Beef Cheek Rendang, Sambal Goreng, and Pineapple Achar. You also get a groovy ‘Balik Kampong’ mix by DJ Itch that’ll take you right back to 1965! You can also enjoy these dishes when dining in. Available from 3 to 9 August, call or WhatsApp 8129 9211 to order.

Taste of Home – Yàn

Taste of Home – Yàn

From 1 to 31 August (except 8 and 9 August), yum cha at home with loved ones with the Yàn’s Taste of Home share pack ($55nett), or take the fam for a la carte dim sum for dine-in lunch. Either way, enjoy dim sum delights inspired by some of Singapore’s best-loved dishes. Examples include Deep-fried Sambal Crayfish Roll, and Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf. Pre-order here or call 6384 5585 for enquiries.

White Rose Café National Day 2020 Specials – York Hotel Singapore

White Rose Café National Day 2020 Specials – York Hotel Singapore

Savour local classics with the Celebrate Singapore! takeaway set ($55nett for four) from 1 to 31 August. Highlights include Kueh Pie Tee, Satay, Nasi Lemak, and Ah Balling. Alternatively, head to White Rose Café for the Heritage Flavours of Singapore a la carte buffet lunch ($38++ per adult; $19++ per child) on 9 and 10 August. One dines free with every three paying adults with selected credit cards. Pre-order here or call 6737 0511 for enquiries.

(See also: Popular Hawker Deliveries for Singapore’s Circuit Breaker)

National Day 2020 Revelry with a View – Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge

National Day 2020 - Zafferano

Toast to a celebratory weekend on 8 and 9 August with National Day Champagne Brunch (from $118++ per person) at Zafferano. A welcome Singapore Sling cocktail kickstarts the revelry, comprising perennial Italian favourites accompanied by unlimited pours of bubbly. Or indulge in a four-course National Day Dinner special menu (from $148++ per person) exclusively on 9 August. It comes with panoramic views of fireworks over the Marina Waterfront. Click here or call 6509 1488 for reservations.

Fundle Bundle and $55 for 55 Years – Oddle Eats

Fundle Bundle – Oddle Eats

Still can’t decide what to eat on National Day 2020? Personalised food directory Oddle Eats may just be your answer. Access Fundle Bundle packages with exclusive deals from over 100 restaurants, with new deals every week till 16 August. In the week leading up to National Day, Oddle Eats will also be partnering with restaurants to present specially curated bundles at $55 each. Click here to Oddle Up!

Other Fun Places to Be this National Day 2020

Skyline Luge Sentosa

Just in time for National Day, Skyline Luge Sentosa reopens with the launch of the new Luge Play Pass ($40). Privileges include unlimited Luge rides at $5 each, 25% off for up to five accompanying friends and family, and more. All year long! For a limited period, Pass Holders will also get two rides, a photo pack, and a Juicie ice lolly — all for free — on their first visit. As a special thank you, all healthcare workers can redeem a free Luge Play Pass and all its perks from now till 30 September 2020. Visit Skyline Luge Sentosa from Thursdays to Mondays, 11am to 7.30pm.

Faber Peak and Singapore Cable Car

Buy Now, Play Anytime at Faber Peak

Have you heard? Faber Peak and Singapore Cable Car are back in operation. To celebrate Singapore’s upcoming 55th birthday, One Faber Group is welcoming you back with a series of limited-time online deals. Get a whopping 55% off ticket purchases for Singapore Cable Car (free upgrade to Unlimited Rides) and Sentosa Island Bus Tour, as well as unique dining experience deals at Arbora Hilltop Restaurant and Cable Car Sky Dining. Purchase these deals from now till 31 August 2020 for use till 31 March 2021!

(See also: 30 Awesome Annual Family Passes Worth Spending on)

More Ways to Gear up for National Day 2020

Don Red and White Garmin Smartwatches

Garmin vivofit jr. Star Wars Edition

Complete your National Day outfits with red and white Garmin smartwatches. The Forerunner 45/245 Music Lava Red is the perfect running companion, while the Swim 2 White tracks your performance in the pool and out. The kiddos will love the vivofit jr. Star Wars Edition…and so will you! Available at authorised Garmin retailers, Garmin Brand Store, and official Lazada and Shopee stores.

Support Local Artists with Thermos

(Left to right) Artists Paula, Shana & Audrey with their Thermos X Band of Doodlers Singapore Exclusive Local Design series (image: Thermos Singapore}

Celebrate these homegrown artists and champion sustainability with Thermos X Band of Doodlers Singapore Exclusive Local Design series. This sixth limited edition showcases the nature and botany of Singapore with an eco-friendly message. Get a one-push tumbler for drinks on the go and a tumbler cup for home or office use. A food jar is perfect for tabao-ing food or storing snacks for the kiddies. Thermos Singapore will also donate $2 to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore for every purchase of the ‘Go Green’ series of products. Get them at official Thermos e-stores on Qoo10 and Shopee Mall, and retailers islandwide.

Featured image: National Gallery Singapore
Header image: PrimaDéli

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