Written by Brian Enright
Millions of Americans love watching fireworks on the 4th and New Years Eve. In fact we like them so much that we pile in the car, sit in the heat for hours to get a good spot and then suffer the traffic to get back home. What if you could just step out onto your terrace for the best view? Then when it's over and everyone else has to schlep back to their car you just step inside for another glass of wine. If that sounds like a good way to enjoy the show then take a look at the list below. We asked each Highrises.com partner agent and high-rise specialist which buildings have the best fireworks views. Consider a condo in these buildings if you like to entertain on holidays. OR find a friend who lives in one of them... the next best thing!
Boston: Kevin Cleary of Re/Max said the Regatta Riverview and Esplanade are the best Highrises for watching Boston's fireworks. Both building provide unobstructed views of the Charles River which is where the fireworks are launched. Both buildings are also close enough to hear the Concerts in the historic Hatch Shell which feature Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Las Vegas: If you have an unobstructed view of the Las Vegas Strip you're going to see a great fireworks show. According to Bill Zinsser with the Realty One Group, the Signature MGM Grand has plenty of condos with Strip views - all the units that end in an odd number face the Strip and the higher the floor the better. All the one-bedroom units have balconies. Panorama Towers and have direct 180-degree views of the Strip from all odd-numbered units. The Martin units ending in 09 and 10 have the best views. Veer Towers puts you in the center of the action with a rooftop pool deck in the heart of the Strip. Palms Place is off the strip, but the even-numbered units on high floors give you a view of the entire skyline.
Houston: We asked Kristina Houston of Highrises.com Houston where she would watch the Houston fireworks and she said, "Residents of the historic Bayou Lofts in Downtown Houston gather on the rooftop terrace to watch fireworks ignite the sky at the nearby Eleanor Tinsley Park’s Freedom over Texas event. Another benefit is that afterward you're in the hottest part of town and can walk to nearby Market Square, trendy restaurants and cocktail bars, as well as the easily accessible Metro-Rail. The Royalton on Allen Parkway is also offers prime viewing from the balconies of the East facing condos."
San Diego: Denny Oh, San Diego condo specialist and owner of downtown blog SanDiegoh.com suggested the Pinnacle - Ideally the condos ending in 01 and 08 because they're on the SE and SW corners respectively and have great unobstructed views of the bay. Also Harbor Club - ideally the 02 and 05 units - These "bubble" units face south and have great views of the bay. They're also the closest residential buildings to the water. Park Place - ideally 03 and 04 units - these units face SW and offer the best fireworks views.
Seattle: In a town with so many fantastic condo towers how can you choose the best? Michael Walker specializes in downtown high-rises and told us Mosler Lofts, located directly across from the Needle, is arguably the perfect viewing spot for Seattle fireworks. In fact, he says it feels like you can almost reach out and touch them! The Gallery and The Concorde in nearby Belltown are also great choices. If you want to host a viewing party then consider The Cosmopolitan, Cristalla, and 1521 Second Avenue because they all have amazing rooftop terraces complete with BBQ’s.
Tampa: Josh Taylor of Selling Tampa Bay said to head for the south side of Skypoint, and the higher the floor the better the view. You can see fireworks from all the way down Bayshore Blvd. to Channelside. If you want to be in the heart of the action check out the south views from Towers of Channelside - the firework debris almost lands on your deck!
San Jose: The fireworks will go up from Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, and David & Danielle Contreras of SanJoseHighrises.com tell us The 88 has a 21st floor west facing observation deck for all owners and guests to view the show. There is also a rental high-rise called 360 Residences that has some great west facing views towards Discovery Meadow.
Orlando: This town is no stranger to fireworks, with nightly shows at all the theme parks. But when the Fourth rolls around they really put on a show. So we asked Jake Johnson of Orlando Hub Realty which is the best tower for fireworks viewing and he said hands down it's The Vue at Lake Eola. Lake Eola Park attracts 150,000 people for the annual Fireworks at the Fountain event. For residents of The Vue on the East facing condos, you can relax on your balcony and enjoy the fireworks. For those with West facing units in the building, you can simply come downstairs to the amenities deck on the 7th floor and enjoy the festivities. The Vue is such a popular destination for watching the fireworks display that the building has to give everyone, including residents, wristbands. There is a limit of 3 guests per condo, and over that, guests are charged $15.
San Antonio: Wait, San Antonio on a list of high-rises? You better believe it. America's seventh-largest city is quickly embracing the high-rise lifestyle, and Mallory Primomo of Corie Properties is helping her fellow residents find great condos every day. She says to check out The Broadway - overlooking the San Antonio Country Club and Fort Sam Houston. That's where you will see arguably the best and most extravagant firework shows in San Antonio. Another great choice is The Alteza where units facing south and the pool deck offer great views of the fireworks surrounding the iconic Tower of the Americas.
Southeast Florida: Michael Burke gave us a great tip: There is one building in Bonita Springs that gives residents great views of all three of the area's big fireworks shows and it's La Scala at The Colony in Pelican Landing. To the east you can see the Miromar Outlets Independence Day Celebration. The show takes place over the lake next to Germain Arena. To the west you would be able to look out over the bay to Fort Myers Beach and watch the Fort Myers Beach Firework show at Times Square & the Fort Myers Beach fishing pier. To the north you would be able to see the famous Red, White, & Boom show on the Cape Coral Bridge.
Austin: Fireworks on the Fourth of July are an Austin tradition and an event you won't want to miss! Not only are the fireworks spectacular, but you'll also enjoy music provided by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The event is held at Auditorium Shores, on the south side of Lady Bird Lake. Ellen Noble, a downtown Austin broker and condo specialist, says if you're lucky enough to live at the Spring condominiums you'll have a birds eye view of the entire celebration. Several other buildings on the southern edge of downtown provide incredible views, such as the W Hotel Residences and the Club on the 55th floor of The Austonian.
Whether you attend the fireworks in person or from your high-rise terrace we wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July 2015!