SINGAPORE: This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will be postponed to Aug 21 after the scheduled end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Thursday (Jul 22).
A ceremonial parade will be held instead on the original date of Aug 9.
"It will be similar to the one held last year at the Padang, but will take place at the Float@Marina Bay," the ministry said in a press release.
"The heartland fireworks and Red Lions displays previously announced to be held over the Aug 7 to 8 weekend will be cancelled."
The NDP rehearsal and preview, previously planned for Jul 24 and Jul 31 respectively, have also been postponed.
"To prepare for the NDP on Aug 21, rehearsals will be conducted later in smaller component groups," MINDEF said, adding that the dates will not be announced so as to discourage crowds from gathering around Marina Bay.
"Since 1966, the NDP has been held every year to mark Singapore’s independence," the ministry said.
"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."