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Top 5 Best 4th of July Apps For iPhone & Android

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4th of July is all about fun, food, fireworks, and the Founding fathers. These killer apps will help you get the most out of your Independence Day festivities.


1. Fireworks Deluxe Full

Get a sneak peek at this app in the video above.

This 3D fireworks display lets you enjoy some 4th of July fireworks any time. If your local fireworks get rained out (or you aren’t near any places doing a fireworks display), this app is the next best thing. The app includes five different city skyline backgrounds, but you’ll probably want to use the Statue of Liberty setting on the 4th.


Pros:

  • Runs as either a background live wallpaper, or as a full app
  • Adjustable detail levels to suit every phone/tablet, old or new
  • Multiple firework types
  • Realistic smoke and cloud effects
  • Five famous city skyline silhouettes

  • Cons:

  • Not available for iPhone
  • Won’t work for those few Android owners still running anything older than 2.3.3
  • May not have enough customization options for some
  • Despite battery-saving features, some users may be worried about battery drain
  • More skylines, landmarks, or holiday themes would be nice

  • 2. Weber Grills

    Get some expert grilling tips for the 4th of July in the official Weber video above.

    The Weber Grills app is a great resource for both veteran grill masters and BBQ novices who are taking on Independence Day grilling responsibilities for the first time. The app includes a wide array of recipes for the grill, as well as grocery lists, a social community, and tips on how to master the best cuts of meat for your grill. Even after the 4th has passed, this grilling resource will be worth hanging on to.


    Pros:

  • Wide array of interesting content
  • Comes from a trusted name in grilling
  • Beautiful images
  • Runs great on older phones/low-end devices
  • Ability to mark favorite recipes for easy access later

  • Cons:

  • Hasn’t gotten an update on Android since last year (iPhone version was updated in Spring 2014)
  • Interface is a little tricky to navigate and busy
  • Some users have reported a buggy app experience
  • Updating process can be particularly slow on Android
  • So much info can overwhelm some newbie cooks

  • 3. HISTORY Here

    Learn more about this app in the video above.

    With a focus on fun, food, and family, it can be all too easy to overlook the history behind Independence Day. HISTORY Here lets you learn about historical landmarks near you, giving you an appreciation for the Founding Fathers. If you live in one of the original 13 colonies, this app can point out historical events from the Revolutionary War. But even for those who live in states that didn’t exist prior to 1776, this app provides users with a new appreciation for their forebears.


    Pros:

  • Easy to navigate
  • New points of interest are being added constantly
  • Fun way to make history come alive for kids
  • Comes from the History Channel
  • Explore sites near you, or on the other side of the country

  • Cons:

  • Points of interest can take a few seconds to populate on the map
  • You can suggest a place to add, but the process is somewhat slow
  • Both map view and list view are somewhat limited
  • Little info outside of US
  • Could benefit from a more real-time, Wikipedia-inspired approach to add more locations of interest

  • 4. EPA’s SunWise UV Index

    Not familiar with how the UV index works? Check out the video above from AccuWeather to learn more.

    If you’re planning on spending 4th of July on the beach, in a sunny backyard, or out on the water, then you should keep an eye on the UV index. The EPA’s UV Index app offers an hourly breakdown of the UV risk in your area. This app can help you better protect your skin, preventing sun damage and perhaps even some skin cancers.


    Pros:

  • Fast download, takes up very little space on your device
  • Easily find UV index by ZIP code or by allowing app to access your current location
  • View hourly conditions, or conditions nationwide
  • Easy to navigate
  • Protects kids and adults from sun-related illness

  • Cons:

  • UV description is somewhat short, app could use more detail
  • Interface is dry and technical
  • Does not support map view outside continental US
  • Kid’s poster design winners feels out of step with the rest of the app
  • UV levels not provided after 6 p.m.

  • 5. Today’s Beer

    The video above from CNET showcases some of the best apps for beer drinkers.

    There are lots of great apps out there for beer fans, but Today’s Beer gets high marks for its beautiful interface and creative concept. In the Today’s Beer app, users are introduced to a new beer each day. You can see a full 360 degree view of the bottle of beer, and get quick facts about the location of the brewery, the style of beer, and the ABV. If you’re looking for a new beer to try on 4th of July, this app can introduce you to some interesting options.


    Pros:

  • Nice interface
  • Easy to get a quick rundown of the beer’s basic background
  • Cool way to learn about beer
  • Also lets you see the beer choices from the past week
  • Highly visual guide makes it easy to find the right beer when you hit the store

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • Hasn’t been refreshed in a while
  • Somewhat limited beer list
  • Lacks robust descriptions of flavor, finish, and ingredients
  • Android version is still on Version 1.0

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