The colonial city of Boston, where so much of the early action took place during the Revolution, holds one of the country's most elaborate Fourth of July celebrations, including a televised fireworks display and a performance by the legendary Boston Pops. If viewing the proceedings, even on a big screen, is not enough for some (hopefully rich) folks, the townhouse at 410 Beacon Street in Back Bay offers a close-up view of the fireworks, which are launched from barges on the adjacent Charles River. The home's roof deck, which extends the length of the building, boasts views over the river as well as back toward the Boston skyline, meaning there are jaw-dropping views left for the other 364 days of the year. So what's the catch? Well, for one, this year's fireworks display is just a day away, but the bigger problem may be the price. This meticulously renovated, seven-bed, five-bath, 9,100-square-foot Boston mansion is listed for $9.65M.
? Down in NYC, outer borough residents are still grumbling about the location of the fireworks, on the Hudson River. That means that Brooklyn and Queens residents get no decent view of the show without hopping a train to Manhattan. If the complaining comes to anything, the fireworks may be moved to the East River, but for now, Riverside Boulevard is one of the best spots in the city to check out the action. This high-floor unit at 240 Riverside Boulevard has a glassy living room that faces southwest, offering a perfect vantage point for taking in the waterborne fireworks. While some outdoor space would be nice, this three-bed, three-bath condo has plenty of building amenities to enjoy, like "white-glove doorman service, concierge, 24-hour security team, and on-site valet parking," plus a pool and kid's playroom. It is currently listed for $4.3M.
? Down in Charleston, S.C., this renovated, faux historic home offers a prime roof deck from which to take in the annual Fourth of July fireworks. It might seem a bit odd to find such a modern roof deck atop a Colonial reproduction, but no one will be complaining while enjoying the view. The complaints may start to roll in when buyers hear the price, which, at nearly $4M, is almost twice what the six-bed, eight-bath house last sold for back in 1999.
? San Francisco's numerous hills and extensive waterfront offer plenty of public viewing areas for the July 4th fireworks, but those in search of a private vantage point will have to shell out millions for the privilege of owning one of S.F.'s prime hillside homes. This modern version, with panoramic views from atop Russian Hill, costs $5.85M, but comes with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a killer roof deck.
? Southern California—San Clemente, Calif., to be exact—offers up this cheaper home fit for fireworks enthusiasts, but buyers will have to contend with some deferred maintenance issues and some seriously outdated interiors. Listed for $2.988M, this Spanish-style manse could use plenty of TLC, but the unobstructed ocean views and proximity to the pier make it a prime spot.