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Raffles Hotel Singapore; Wonder Boy (Photo: mm2 Entertainment); Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

You don’t need to dress in red and white or be front and centre at the parade to show your love for this Little Red Dot. There are a multitude of ways to celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday, starting with simply…being the best Singaporean you can be. And by Singaporean we mean an expert at eating, shopping, and supporting local talent, from artisans to artistes across all stages.

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Hang with your “brothers” at Army Daze 2

We’re calling it—it is your duty as a Singaporean to catch Michael Chiang’s Army Daze 2 on stage. There will be characters you feel you’ve known your entire life, catchy songs that will have everyone singing in unison, hilarious local jokes—so leave all pretentiousness at the door—and a bunch of heart-warming personal stories that will hit close to home.

Sing out loud at “Wonder Boy”

Not only will this movie give you a completely different history lesson of 1970s Singapore, it will give you a glimpse into Dick Lee’s life as a struggling teenage musician, where he experimented with sex, drugs and rock and roll, and a pair of platform shoes that weren’t made for running…away from the police. And the music? As moving as it is world class.

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Shop for good at Club 21

For every purchase made at Club 21 stores on National Day, you will receive a special tote made from lamp post banners and flags previously used during National Day celebrations. This is through Club 21’s support for The LampPost Project, a collective that provides sewing skills to the less privilege to create these bags, who then receive the profits earned from the sales of these bags.

Support local at Robinsons

As part of its “So Singapore” National Day campaign, Robinsons is putting local labels in the spotlight—from Klarra and Yacht 21 to DrGL, and a new range of Singaporean delectable from brands like Ette Tea and Straits Preserves.

Stay in the Peranakan heart of Singapore

Avoid the crowds and make an escape to Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, where Peranakan-inspired interiors, colour and character make up a truly unique, Instagram-worthy staycation, housed on the site of the former Joo Chiat Police Station.

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Spend the day at Ce La Vi

Ce La Vi’s Majulah National Day Fiesta is perfect for the entire family—think nostalgic game stations, face painters, photo booths, DJ sessions, a scrumptious barbecue and a feast of local fare, all served with a panoramic view of the city, fireworks and roaring fighter jet display.

Visit the grand old Raffles Hotel

Bring the family for “A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon”, a specially curated tour and exhibition of the grand dame, Raffles Hotel Singapore. Expect to walk through the hallowed hallways of this 130-year-old colonial beauty and visit the rooms and suites that once hosted some of the world’s most famous people before it undergoes the second phase of its restoration.