Skies over the Fairfield and Westport waterfronts will be illuminated with fireworks celebrating the Independence Day holiday Friday night, weather permitting.

In Fairfield, the pyrotechnics start about 9:15 p.m. from a barge in Long Island Sound so the display will be visible from both Jennings and Penfield beaches.

In Westport, the sky show starts around 9 p.m. over Compo Beach.

Rain dates for the fireworks are Saturday in Fairfield and Monday in Westport.

Residents of waterfront properties in either town, however, can stay put rather than fight traffic and crowds for a prime viewing spot. They won’t have to move from the comfort of their own front porch or lawn to enjoy the show.

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1. 334 Pine Creek Ave., Fairfield

STYLE: Colonial Contemporary

PRICE: $2,895,000

FEATURES: in-law or au pair suite, 14 rooms, dock/mooring, designed for indoor/outdoor living, two fireplaces, gym, balconies, decks, skylight, some window treatments, audio system, 5,730-square-foot house, 0.37-acre lot, built in 1924, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

CONTACT: Colleen R. Intrieri of the Vanderblue Team, an affiliate of Higgins Group Real Estate; 203-610-2667;

2. 1895 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield

STYLE: Colonial

PRICE: $1,537,000

FEATURES: built in 1917, house was lifted and rebuilt in 2001, patio, 0.10-acre parcel, one fireplace, 1,572 square feet, insulated windows, some window treatments, six rooms, two bedrooms, one full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Roger Sherman Elementary, Tomlinson Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

CONTACT: Helen R. Cusa, 203-451-7731, or Kecia Von der Ahe; 818-590-7374;, both of Halstead Property

3. 1100 Harbor Road, Fairfield


PRICE: $3,575,000

FEATURES: private boat mooring in harbor, walking distance to Southport Village center and Pequot Library, walking distance to Southport train station, located on a private portion of a public road, 0.22-acre level and fenced property, new generator, outdoor shower with river stone floor, covered front porch, balcony/deck, one fireplace, built in 1904 and completely rebuilt between 2008 and 2010, 3,380 square feet, four bedrooms, three full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Mill Hill Elementary, Roger Ludlowe Middle, Fairfield Ludlowe High

CONTACT: Charlotte Cotton, William Raveis Real Estate; 203-247-4944;

4. 8 Gray Lane, Westport

TYPE OF HOUSE: Nantucket-style Colonial Contemporary

PRICE: $3,500,000

FEATURES: convenient to train and town, 2.8-acre lot on a cul-de-sac, 5,000 square feet, built in 1974, 10 rooms, deck flanks entire length of house, balcony, deck, patio, porch, game room, play room, insulated windows, skylights, some window treatments, two fireplaces, hot tub, proximity to private bird sanctuary and tidal waters, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

CONTACT: Colleen R. Intrieri of the Vanderblue Team, an affiliate of Higgins Group Real Estate; 203-610-2667;

5. 208 Hillspoint Road, Westport


PRICE: $1,135,000 or rent for $5,500 monthly

FEATURES: walk to Compo Beach, bonus room downstairs with Murphy bed, patio, invisible fencing, insulated windows, some window treatments, Thermopane windows, storm doors, one fireplace, pantry, full finished walk-out basement, 0.14-acre parcel, privacy fence, 1,846 square feet, built in 1920, three bedrooms, three full baths

SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High

CONTACT: Elizabeth Steffen, Higgins Group Real Estate; 203-434-2578;

Some of those houses are currently on the market so by this time next year the new owners can pull up a seat, a blanket, or even a boat, to watch the show from home.

John and Sara Walsh, owners of a colonial house at 1100 Harbor Road in the Southport Historic District, have several viewing platforms to take in the dazzling fireworks display — from their home’s front porch, the second-floor deck, the private sandy beach adjacent to the house, or from a boat in Southport Harbor directly in front of their house.

“Traffic and crowds have become a real challenge for fireworks displays. The communities do a wonderful job of creating these events, whether it be Fairfield or Westport. They all do a wonderful job, and it promotes a sense of community, but the crowd and the traffic can be a little overwhelming at times,” John Walsh said.

Beth O’Connor, an owner of the 14-room colonial contemporary house at 334 Pine Creek Ave. in Fairfield, said her family usually takes their boat out to see the fireworks, “but we can see them from the house, too.” In fact, O’Connor said, they get several encore performances.

“For the Fourth of July we can see the fireworks all over the Sound, not just close by. Our house faces Westport and the Norwalk Islands so we can see the Westport fireworks and the Norwalk fireworks. On a clear night we can see all the way across the Sound,” O’Connor said.

Viewing platforms for the 1,572-square-foot, six-room colonial house at 1895 Fairfield Beach Road in Fairfield include the living room with its floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors, the stone patio which is accessed from those sliding doors, and the beach just steps away from the patio.

In Westport, the four-bedroom Nantucket-style colonial contemporary house at 8 Gray Lane is only steps from Sasco Creek and Southport Beach in neighboring Fairfield, so chances are the owners can see displays in both communities.

And closer to Compo Beach, where the Westport fireworks display originates, a 1,846-square-foot beach house gives residents a vantage point from the house or Mill Beach. An added benefit is getting morning coffee or lunch at Elvira’s Market and Deli just three doors down.

And don’t forget about nature’s fireworks visible year round in the sunrises and sunsets over Long Island Sound, as seen from all of these properties.