5 Backyards for an Insane Fourth of July BBQ

Is there anything more definitively American than the Fourth of July Barbecue? Possibly apple pie, hot dogs and baseball, but where do you find all three at once? Your backyard on Independence Day.  It’s the restaurant where you control the ambiance and the playroom for kids ages one to ninety-nine.

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A private seat to watch the fireworks with a watermelon margarita in hand? This is what Fourth of July dreams are made of… (Cohasset, MA)

Our agents know a thing or two about amazing real estate and impressing our clients; it all starts with location, location, location.  We think some of these sample backyards cherry-picked from our tremendous pool of listings provide the best spot for a patriotic bash that will wow all of your guests from the second they walk in. Turn the key and celebrate!

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A river runs through it: $6,695,000, 181 Atlantic Avenue, Cohasset, MA

Breathe in the substance of salty air in your new waterfront backyard at the mouth of Little Harbor in Cohasset, MA. This landmark residence is situated on 2 acres with spectacular gardens featured in the American Gardens Program at the Smithsonian so absolutely no detail is left unturned, inside and out. Send the kids and Dads down to the river’s edge to comb for clams and immerse themselves in your own educational mini-ecosystem teeming downstream. After steamed mussels and a hearty portion of Ina Garten’s American flag sheet cake, light up the poolside fire pit and watch the sun descend into the water.  Bonus points if your tangerine Negroni cocktails match the watercolors of the sky.


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Fireworks & Flappers: $3,250,000, 656 River Road, Newburgh, NY

Recall a Jazz Age scene from fictional West Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and it will come to life before you sixty miles north of NYC in Newburgh, NY.  Combine fresh modern glamour with the Old World splendor of the 1920’s in all of its glory by throwing a more formal patriotic event on your manicured lawns.  Set up the dance floor on your outdoor deck overlooking the water and rent a transparent tent to ensure the stars are welcomed in.  A hearty breeze traveling up from the sweeping elevated views of the Hudson River will erase any need for a pool.


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Boating for bay dreamers: $8,995,000, 785 Admiralty Parade E, Naples, FL

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The tranquility of watching passing boats in the harbor could be your relaxing retreat for our nation’s birthday.  Alternatively, you could (and SHOULD) utilize the killer pool and outdoor lounge to impress your guests with a fête our Founding Fathers would have loved to attend. Back then, Florida was probably all tall grass and gators, but we think John Hancock would have signed and scanned his copy of the Declaration of Independence as he worked from home by this pool.



High tea and tee times: $7,650,000, 402 Sasco Hill Road, Fairfield, CT


Overlooking the golf course of the esteemed Country Club of Fairfield, this stately manor was designed by renowned architect Cameron Clark.  One could imagine a tongue-in-cheek celebration of our emancipation from the Brits with a high tea service, mini sandwiches and Pimms cups for all.  Lounge lazily on the elevated wraparound veranda or stroll gracefully through the lush perennial gardens.  Tee times and beach picnics are a quick walk down the street.  Just be sure to make it back for sparklers and cake by your Grecian pool.


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Clam-oring for Chowder: $5,900,000, 6 Telegraph Hill Road, Provincetown, MA

Pledge your allegiance to the flag by celebrating in the literal birthplace of American liberty, located at the very tip of Cape Cod. Clam-oring for New England-style clam chowder? Choose from 21 miles of coastal shoreline to roll up your diggers and forage for the ‘frutti di mare.’  Take the search party back upstairs and prepare a gorgeous feast for you and your guests in the chef’s kitchen with Carrara marble countertops and island.  Later for the fireworks show, you won’t even need to leave your heated pool to see the sky full of red, white & blue stars.


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