National Day Parade ("NDP")

 

The NDP started at 9am in the morning, the year was 1966 at the Padang - one year after Singapore's independence from Malaysia on 9 August 1965. Our president then was Mr. Yusof Bin Ishak and there were no such thing as admission tickets.

 

The NDP was held at the Padang until 1974. In 1976, the parade was held for the first time at the newly completed National Stadium.

 

 

From 1975 to 1983, celebrations were alternated between a decentralised event and one centered at the Padang or Stadium. From 1984, the parade was held twice at the stadium before being brought back to the Padang (1984, 1987, 1990, 1993). This three year cycle was repeated up to 1994. From 1995, it was decided that the Padang (1995, 2000, 2005) would be used as the venue every five years. The National Stadium venue was used for the last time in 2006.

 

The NDP was held at the floating platform at Marina Bay for 2007 and 2008.

 

Interesting Facts

 

- 1968 was the first NDP to get rained on.

 

- Princess Alexandra was the special guest of the 1969 parade, which not only celebrated Singapore's 4th birthday, but also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of Singapore.

 

- Songs for Singapore were first commissioned in 1984, beginning with "Stand Up for Singapore"

 

- Parachuting stunts first made their appearance in 1992, on that year it featured five paratroopers jumping from a helicopter.

- First NDP webcast in 1994.

 

- The music video of the theme song for the 1999 parade, "Together", was shot by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark.

 

- First online application for NDP tickets in 2003.

 

- In 2006, Apache attack helicopters and Guard-of-Honour Contingents used SAR 21 for the first time.

 

- In 2015, Singapore will be celebrating her Golden Jubilee, Singapore's 50th birthday. SIA plane, SIA Airbus 380 in a special livery featuring a Singapore flag-themed design, to take part in NDP flypast for the first time.

 

Flying the Flag on National Day

 

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the National Flag during the National Day celebrations period from July 1 to September 30 each year, this period was extended in 2007. When the Flag is displayed outside a building or in an open space - (a) it may, but need not, be flown from a flagpole; and (b) it may be displayed at night without being properly illuminated. (Source: Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, Chapter 296, Section 2, Part III, Para 5(3) Display of Flag Outside Buildings, wef 16/07/2007)