Singapore’s National Day is the celebration of the Independence of Singapore from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.
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In 1963, a merger brought together Singapore, Sarawak, Sabah and the Federation of Malaya to become Malaysia. Political and civil unrest made the union unstable and Singapore, unwillingly, became independent in 1965.
Today, independence is celebrated and National Day includes activities like the large and patriotic feature. The National Day Parade is usually held at the Marina Bay. There is also a speech by the Prime Minister and fireworks.
Before the parade, there are many other entertainments that are designed to encourage the audience to arrive and seat early. These include sky diving, choir performances, displays by school bands and fun presentations that include audience participation. National Day funpacks are available for children and include food, drinks, discount vouchers from participating sponsors and items intended for use during the parade: perhaps a theme-designed torchlight and the Singapore flag.
The parade includes members of the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, representatives of the People’s Action Party and various labour unions, as well as representatives of some Singapore business entities. Students also march in uniformed groups including Scouts, Girl Guides and diverse Cadet Corps.
As a demonstration of the country’s military air offensive, and defensive, capabilities, the Singapore Air Force flies past the parade with many of its military aircraft. The flypast has been a part of the day, visible over much of Singapore, since 1970.
Later in the day, an amazing show follows the theme of the parade. The show consists of three main acts and ends with the Grand Finale that often includes a theme song. The day concludes with a huge fireworks display, mass pledge taking and the singing of the National Anthem. Post-parade parties are held in the evening and feature top celebrity acts. These congratulate and encourage the participants of the parade for their contribution to the amazing day.