The 4th of July is many things to many people — an opportunity to scream-sing "Born in the U.S.A." and mainline hot dogs, the perfect excuse to set off illegal fireworks — but if you've got an apartment with views of one of the city's major waterways, it's perhaps most notable as the day of the year when you're absolutely obligated to host all your friends to watch the fireworks (and show off your enviable real estate situation).
This year, the official fireworks are once again on the East River, so we've rounded up listings with views fit for a patriot (and/or Upper East Sider, Brooklynite, etc.). Granted, it a may be a bit late to buy a new place in time for the long weekend, but if there's one day when you're free to dream, this is it.
If you'd rather take in the views from Brooklyn, the living room of this Brooklyn Heights two-bedroom in a prewar brownstone has wall-to-wall bay windows facing the East River.
Over in Midtown East, this $3.9 million two-bedroom at 870 United Nations Plaza seems ideal for hosting a fireworks viewing party on the more grown-up end of the spectrum. The living room has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the East River, ample seating, and a handy bar area for mixing drinks.
Elsewhere on United Nations Plaza, there's this $19.5 million four-bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of just about every slice of the city. For this weekend, however, we're most interested in the corner living room with views of the East River, Roosevelt Island and, per the listing, "several bridges and two airports."
One requisite Williamsburg waterfront option: this $5.5 million double penthouse at 440 Kent Ave, which, among many other perks, has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views to the north, south, and east.
If you're inclined to drop $18 million right before the long weekend (and insist on an immediate move-in), you could take in the fireworks from the triplex penthouse of DUMBO's famous Clock Tower building, which has plenty of options for viewing (besides the view through the actual clock), including an East River-facing outdoor roof deck.
Another Brooklyn Heights option: a $999,000 one-bedroom co-op (with loft) on Hicks Street near the Brooklyn Promenade that has a shared roof deck overlooking the Manhattan skyline, East River, and Statue of Liberty.
Back on the Upper East Side, this three-bedroom rental at Two Sutton Place North (1113 York Avenue) is just a few blocks from the 59th Street Bridge and has views from the living room overlooking the bridge, the river, and Roosevelt Island. If you find yourself too amped by the fireworks, you can take a restorative dip in the building's sizeable skylit pool.
One rental option to add to the mix: this Fort Greene penthouse at 66 Rockwell Place. It's windowed throughout (even the bathroom has sick views), and the living room offers vistas of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge. And all for the low, low price of $9,343 a month.
If your idea of a 4th of July party is more about fine wines and canapes than Budweiser and brats, an old-world, $4.8 million classic-seven co-op in Sutton Place might be your best bet. It's got not one but two terraces totaling 1,300 square feet, with both east- and west-facing views, on the off-chance they move the fireworks display back to the Hudson next year. It never hurts to keep your options open.