It’s Malaysia's National Day on August 31st, which marks the day the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1957. It’s a day of celebration and you can expect parades, fireworks, concerts, sporting events and more happening all across the country. Little Steps has rounded up 10 ways to celebrate this special day in Kuala Lumpur this August. Have a blast!

 

1. NATIONAL DAY PARADE

WHAT: This year, the National Day falls on a Saturday, and the annual parade is set to take place in Putrajaya. The theme for the 2019 National Day is 'Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih' (Love Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia) to emphasize the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of its people. If you've never been to the parade, you can expect a royal procession, cultural performances, military demonstration, intricate floats, sporting events, and more! Just remember not to leave any litter behind!

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7am

WHERE: Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3, 62675 Putrajaya, Malaysia

 

2. FIREWORKS IN THE SKY - NATIONAL DAY

WHAT: A spectacular fireworks display awaits you at Sky Avenue in Resorts World Genting this year! Book a room and take a drive up to Genting Highlands to enjoy the cool, crisp air and the stunning light showers at 8pm. We suggest heading there early to avoid the massive crawl as parking can get tricky at peak hours.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 8pm

WHERE: Resorts World Genting (Sky Avenue), Genting Highlands, 69000 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia, Website

 

3. RAJA KITA EXHIBITION

WHAT: With the installation of Malaysia's 16th Yang-Di-Pertuan-Agong (King) this year, the Raja Kita Exhibition is a timely opportunity to get a glimpse of the history and role of the institution of the Yang-Di-Pertuan-Agong. Over 150 artifacts and collections from the Istana Negara, Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Istana Pahang, Pahang Museum Corporation, National Archives and Department of Museums Malaysia are on display.

WHEN: August 6 - November 5, 2019 from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: Muzium Diraja, Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website

 

4. NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION AT KIDZANIA

WHAT: Your little juniors are bound to love this! Celebrate Malaysia's National Day at KidZania wearing your best traditional outfit with your loved ones. Stand a chance to win cool prizes as there's going to be a number of activities lined up such as Explorace, Best Costume, Lucky Draw and Beyblade Battles.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 6:30pm to 10pm

WHERE: KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Curve NX, 18, Jalan PJU 7/5, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, Website

 

5. SAYANGI MALAYSIA AFTERNOON TEA AT LOBBY LOUNGE

WHAT: For the month of August, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur invites you to commemorate Malaysia's National Day with a Merdeka-themed Afternoon Tea set.  Priced at RM190 nett for two persons, or RM320 nett inclusive of two glasses of sparkling wine Prosecco, enjoy savories such as “Yau Char Kwai” Chinese Fried Dough stuffed with Sweet & Sour Chicken and Chicken Floss, Roti Canai Roll with Tandoori Lamb and Mint Mayonnaise and Beef Rendang Pies, along with other delightful treats like Pandan Coconut and Mango Raisin Scones, Mini Pineapple Trifles, Rose Macaroon, and local cookies, as well as a KL Tower Chocolate Figure.

WHEN: July 1 - August 31, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm daily

WHERE: Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia, +603 2032 2388, Website

 

6. FESTIVAL MERDEKA RAKYAT PD 2019

WHAT: Get a taste of local festivities at this beachside event in Port Dickson, about an hour's drive from KL City Center. This festival will include a concert by local artistes, sales expo, fireworks display, food trucks, cultural performances, Beyblade Battle Tournament, PUUBG Mobile Tournament and more spread out over five days. Go on, book a room at a hotel in PD and make the most of your Merdeka weekend!

WHEN: August 28 - September 1, 2019 from 10am to 6pm

WHERE: Pantai Cahaya Negeri Sembilan, Batu 4, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Website

 

7. MERDEKA WALK 2.0

WHAT: Celebrate Merdeka in Klang by joining the Klang Heritage Merdeka Walk starting from the Kota Bridge. Organized by Kelab Warisan Sungai Klang, the 4km walk will cover a total of 10 sites including the Klang Fire Station, Little India, and Istana Alam Shah all in the name of a clean river. Open to adults and kids, registrations fees are priced at RM30 for adults and RM20 for children aged 18 years and below. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, heritage passport, goodies bag, certificate, a small Malaysia flag, a love lock and a chance to enter the lucky draw with prizes worth up to RM15,000.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7:30am to 11:30am

WHERE: Kota Bridge, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, Website

 

8. GUDANG MERDEKA 2019

WHAT: Vintage memorabilia collectors, this one is for you. Gudang Merdeka 2019 will showcase vintage Malaysian items that will fill you with nostalgic memories at this three-day event. From clothes to accessories, furniture, and toys, here's your chance to catch a glimpse of Made In Malaysia products of the yesteryears and show your kids what Malaysia was like back in the day.

WHEN: August 30 - September 1, 2019 from 10am to 12am

WHERE: Panggung Asia, Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Website

 

9. ROYAL FLORIA PUTRAJAYA

WHAT: The Royal Floria Putrajaya Festival, an annual flower and gardens festival that showcases products from the horticulture and landscaping industry will kick off once again on Merdeka Day with 1 million flowers on display. Visitors can expect plenty of pretty florals, landscaped gardens, interesting exhibits, Horticultural Market, Malaysian handicraft, food stations and more. Admission fees are significantly reduced compared to last year, with tickets now priced at RM5 for MyKad holders (adults) and RM 10 for non-MyKad holders (adults). 

WHEN: August 31 - September 8, 2019 from 10am to 10pm 

WHERE: Taman Botani Putrajaya, Presint 1, 2000 Putrajaya, Malaysia,  +603 8887 7770, Website

 

10. #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA WALK 2019

WHAT: Returning for the fifth year, the annual #AnakAnakMalaysiaWalk2019 brings together Malaysians from all walks of life for this walk set to take place at Eco Ardence in the spirit of patriotism and unity. Gather the whole family, put on your walking shoes and join this wonderful event to celebrate a meaningful day for the country.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 4:30pm 

WHERE: Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam, Setia Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, Website