NDP postponed to Aug. 21, heartland fireworks & Red Lions displays cancelled

The rehearsal dates will not be announced to prevent crowding around Marina Bay.

Zhangxin Zheng | July 22, 2021, 10:03 PM

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The National Day Parade (NDP) will be postponed to August 21, 2021.

In a statement by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), NDP will be postponed to Aug. 21 after the scheduled end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

A ceremonial parade will be held on Aug. 9 instead. It will be similar to the one held last year at the Padang, but will take place at the [email protected] Bay, MINDEF said.

The heartland fireworks and Red Lions displays, previously announced to be held on August 7 and 8, will be cancelled.

The NDP rehearsal and preview previously planned on July 24 and July 31 respectively have also been postponed.

NDP rehearsals will be conducted later in smaller component groups.

However, the rehearsal dates will not be announced to prevent crowding around Marina Bay.

"Since 1966, the NDP has been held every year to mark Singapore’s independence. This national event brings together Singaporeans from all walks of life, as one united people to affirm our unity and nationhood.

The changes this year will enable NDP 2021 to be held in safer conditions, while maintaining that cherished tradition," MINDEF said.

With the postponement of NDP, the National Day Rally has also been rescheduled to Aug. 29.

Top photo via Roger Chin's YouTube video.