President declares August 7 a public holiday for SG50

President declares August 7 a public holiday for SG50

August 7 will be a public holiday in Singapore this year to commemorate the nation's 50 years of independence, which will extend the Jubilee weekend over four days.

Chairman of SG50 Steering Committee Minister Heng Swee Keat says, "SG50 is a unique moment in our young nation’s history. It is a time for us to show appreciation to our pioneers, to strengthen our ties as one big Singaporean family, and to celebrate all that is special, all that we love, about our home. Many Singaporeans and organisations have come up with ideas on how to make SG50 meaningful and personal.”

Over the extended weekend, programmes will be prepared around the island such as at the Marina Bay area, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, parks, and the Sports Hub. There will also be carnivals and mini-parades being held in neighbourhoods for families, friends and neighbours to spend time together.  

Museums and heritage galleries will also be open for those who wish to revisit the Singapore story.

To enable Singaporeans to spend a memorable weekend with friends and family, several attractions and facilities will be discounted or offer free admission for Singaporeans from 7-10 August. These include Jurong Bird Park (50% discount); Flower Dome and Cloud Forest (50% discount, with free entry for seniors age 60 and above) at Gardens by the Bay; and free admission to the National Orchid Garden, Science Centre Singapore and ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms islandwide.

More information on the Jubilee Weekend programme calendar will be available at