The Fourth of July is this weekend and there will be a lot of BBQs, swimming pools and American flags. While you celebrate this great country download a few apps to help make the weekend go smoother. Some will make sure you don’t go back to work on Monday with a nasty sunburn, and others will make you the grill master. All of them will make this the best holiday of the summer.
What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than remembering that the Fourth of July stands for more than hamburgers and beer. Read the Declaration of Independence for free with Scribd. While you’re at it, check out the Constitution and really appreciate the stars and stripes. Once you’re done catching up on important documents, spend your three day weekend reading through the other free options on the app. Whether you’re reading to relax or reading to learn Scribd has many titles. a monthly subscription will run you $8.99 a month but you can sign up for a free month.
- Access to hundreds of titles
- Can download books to your device
- Good variety of books
- Have to pay for a subscription
- Might not have a title you’re looking for
- Can take up a lot of room on your device
There is always a lot of traffic in the days leading up to the holiday. If you plan on driving anywhere, download the Waze app and get to your location safely. Users of the app add updates while they are out and about driving. They will say where police cars are stationed, if there is heavy traffic and even close gas stations. With many users, the information is up to date. If you drive through a place where an icon on the map is incorrect or has changed you can downvote it. This makes for accurate symbols. Check out your route before you leave and get an idea of how much traffic you’ll be encountering.
- Up-to-date traffic information
- Icons that show gas stations
- Can change your car icon
- Voice controls sometimes don’t work
- Can be slow in areas without Wifi
- Need a passenger to update app while driving
3. EPA’s SunWise UV Index
There is nothing better on a hot July day than going to a BBQ or pool party. All fun and games until you wake up the next morning with red shoulders. Download the EPA’s app to know exactly how much sunscreen you’ll need to keep your skin burn free and beautiful. It is a very simple app that shows you when the UV rays will be the strongest throughout the day and gives advice on when to get to shade and what kind of sunscreen to use. Check the app before you head out into the sun to make sure you stay safe.
- Hour by hour report of UV Rays
- Advice on what kind of sunscreen to apply
- Heat map of the US
- Graphics aren’t great
- Can’t look ahead at different dates
- Sometimes the graphs don’t fit correctly
4. The Pit Pal BBQ
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Nothing tastes better on Independence Day than something from the grill. Pit Pal makes sure you don’t get carried away talking to your friends and forget the meat you’re cooking. Put in how much meat you’re making and what heat the grill is and start the cooking process. The app will send you time notifications so you don’t have to set timers or keep checking. Add in what kinds of marinades, rubs and sauces you use so you can go back to that same recipe later. When the food is done, take photos and upload them.
- Sends time notifications
- Can add sauces and rubs
- Upload photos of the finished dish
- Hard to navigate
- No ability to sync with social media
- Hard to add more than one kind of meat
5. Fireworks Arcade
You gotta get your eyes on fireworks somehow that day, but if you don’t live somewhere you can see real ones, download Fireworks Arcade and make your own. Play various games all involving fireworks, or just make your own show. Play music and take photos so it feels like you’re seeing the real thing. The app is extremely simple but it will make you feel like you get to be a part of the fun.
- Different games all involving fireworks
- Add music to your firework show
- Take photos of your firework displays
- Had ads
- A bit hard to navigate
- Can seem too simple