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The Ultimate Fourth of July Apps

It’s almost the Fourth of July and Americans are gearing up for a weekend full of red, white and blue festivities! Whether you’re planning a backyard bbq, hitting the road or just looking for something fun to do we’ve got the apps to make the most of your long weekend.

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  1. There is nothing more American than Independence Day, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your history! Take yourself back to 1776 (or any other time period) with the American History Interactive Timeline. Want to learn a little more about your town’s historical influence instead? History Here will show you all the cool stuff right in your backyard.
  2. There’s nothing better than a road trip on a long weekend but the last thing you want to do is sit in traffic. If you haven’t already added Waze to your app repertoire, do so now! With real-time traffic, road hazards and police trap information you’ll relieve any FOMO stress you might have had.
  3. Now that you’re on your way to a great weekend don’t miss any of the hidden gems along your route. Roadtrippers is the ultimate map for travelers that helps you discover millions of places like local diners, quirky roadside attractions or beautiful scenic points.
  4. If a backyard bbq is your ideal way to celebrate, download the ultimate grilling companion from Weber Grills. This free app has tons of recipes and how-to’s to up your game. It even includes a grill timer that will work with Apple Watch so there’s no more hovering necessary.
  5. No holiday bbq would be complete without a themed cocktail. Assuming you’re not a professional bartender grab some inspiration from Mixology’s Summer Drink list to find the perfect libation. And hey, if you run out half way through the party, have no fear because Drizly is here to deliver replenishments right to your door!
  6. Your mom taught you never to show up to a party empty handed so why not make a the Red, White and Blueberry Pie or Flag Cake from the Epicurious Fourth of July list. Satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth is sure to make you a popular party guest.
  7. If you’re headed to the beach this weekend make sure you download the Tides Near Me app so you’ll never be cramped on a high tide, slim shoreline.
  8. With the Fourth falling on a Monday this year it’s the perfect opportunity to grab your tent and head out for a camping adventure. Once your pack is filled with the essentials launch Camp Finder for information on over 19,000 campgrounds, complete with user reviews so you’re sure to find the perfect spot.
  9. Sleeping on the ground isn’t for everybody, so if a day trip is your way of being “outdoorsy” then Outbound is the perfect partner. Search for your favorite activity or get inspired by the curated list of local adventures with tons of filters like dog-friendly, family oriented, and skill level.
  10. As the weekend comes to a close make sure you’re going out with a bang! Instead of watching the show through the lens of your iPhone, launch iLightning, point the camera at the sky and the app will automatically snap photos for you at the perfect time by using your iPhone’s speedy processor to make the split decisions.
  11. If you’ve had a long weekend filled with festivities, and you’re feeling a little too tired to make it to the real fireworks, you can always create your own display from the comfort of your couch with Fireworks Arcade (and bonus, it’s 100% safe and there’s no cleanup).
  12. Now that the weekend is over it’s time to post all the fun you had! Add some patriotic flare with Freedomizer – add stickers to your pictures and share directly to your network. According to the app designers it will “increase your freedom by 1776% guaranteed!”

So head out of work, grab your stars and stripes outfit, and get the weekend started! #Merica