"Unfortunately the column of air directly above you is the thinnest slice of atmosphere," Robert Lunsford wrote at the American Meteor Society blog, "therefore producing the least number of meteors. You are better off centering your field of view at approximately one-half the way up in the sky, high enough to avoid anything that may block your view."
So, a lawn chair might be worth packing up as well.
If you're really lazy (and we know that might actually mean you're super intelligent) you can tune in online through the Slooh live stream, which is generally a reliable and engaging stream for astronomical events. But you should seriously get out of the house, even if it's the middle of the night. A meteor shower like this doesn't come around all that often.
Additionally, the other great meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, won't be great viewing this year. "With December's Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016," said Bob Berman, host of the Slooh broadcast. "Add to that the juicy peril of its parent comet, Swift-Tuttle, the most hazardous object in the known universe, and you have all the ingredients for a 4-star spectacle."