The Fourth of July is among us once again, and you know what that means — fireworks, barbecues, and some drinks! This year may be slightly different with everything that's going on, but that doesn't mean that you still can't have a good Independence Day. Here are some apps to help you celebrate the good ol' US of A.
- TNT Fireworks
- Weber Grills
- The Liquor Cabinet
- Fireworks Pro - Best Fireworks
- American History App: Timeline
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You can't have a Fourth of July without fireworks! The TNT Fireworks app helps you find TNT firework stands, tents, and Supercenters around your area so that you can load up on some legal kabooms of your own. You can even get exclusive in-app coupons for some extra savings.
Once you have your favorite fireworks, you can use the app to scan QR codes on TNT products for video previews of performance. The TNT app is loaded up with the brand's entire product catalog, so you're bound to find your favorites in here without issue.
A new feature in the TNT Fireworks app allows you to use augmented reality to preview products before you buy them. This is a great way to test out certain fireworks before you literally burn your money.
TNT is a well-known brand for fireworks every year, and I'm sure you've seen a few TNT Fireworks stands in your neighborhoods around this time of year. This app will make it easier than ever to locate those stands and tents, while also allowing you to try before you buy.
Find local TNT Fireworks stands, tents, and Supercenters, and even get video previews and AR demos of products.
Another staple of any good Fourth of July celebration is a backyard BBQ cookout. The Weber Grills app is a perfect companion for any grilling fan since it has dozens of recipes for cooking meats, veggies, and even fruits over a sizzling open flame.
Even if you're an amateur when it comes to grilling, the Weber Grills app will help you out. It has a Grill Skills section that is packed with essential grilling techniques for mastering favorites, and they also come with instructional videos. The app recipes are also organized by collection so that you can view all recipes for burgers, for example, and there is a grill guide and timer. Weber Grills also has a grocery list feature, so you can check the recipes and create a shopping list of exactly what you need to cook the recipe you selected.
Weber Grills is a must for anyone with a grill.
Weber Grills features dozens of recipes and essential grilling tips and also provides precise cooking timers.
The Liquor Cabinet
Look, you can't have a July 4th celebration without some booze, right? The Liquor Cabinet is a gorgeous app that gives you all the info about spirits and cocktails in one place. Whether you're a fancy mixologist or just someone who wants to make some fun drinks for friends and family, The Liquor Cabinet is a great addition.
In The Liquor Cabinet, you'll get recipes for dozens of delicious boozy drinks, which you can organize by alcohol type, and all recipes have easy-to-follow instructions. The instructions include ingredients, as well as the tools that are required to make it. The Liquor Cabinet also features gorgeous photography of drinks and alcohol, so you know exactly what the end result should look like.
On top of it all, The Liquor Cabinet also features detailed history of the origins of every drink. For example, the Gimlet was originally made with gin and lime juice as a concoction to help ward off scurvy. These facts make for great conversation as you make drinks for everyone.
Impress your friends and family with delicious boozy drinks and origin stories, whether you're a professional bartender or just someone mixing up fun drinks.
Fireworks Pro - Best Fireworks
While fireworks are usually a tradition for Independence Day gatherings, it may not be for everyone. After all, pets may not like loud explosions, and there are those who have PTSD. So while some may not have real fireworks, there are apps to help you get your fill of colorful light explosions virtually, like Fireworks Pro, and these are especially fun for kids or anyone else who doesn't care for real fireworks.
With Fireworks Pro, it's simple — just tap on the screen to make virtual fireworks appear. You'll get colorful explosions in a virtual display, as well as light streaks making their way across an inky black background. And for fun, there will be random objects being flung up before they go "boom." It's entertaining, especially for kids, and lets you have some fireworks without getting pets and veterans stressed out.
Enjoy a virtual firework display of pyrotechnics, without stressing out pets and veterans.
American History App: Timeline
Independence Day is about celebrating America's independence from Britain in 1776. There's a historical significance behind July 4, so why not understand the history behind why you're celebrating with BBQ and drinks and fireworks? The American History App: Timeline is like a Cliff Notes of American history.
This app is an interactive timeline of America, since Christopher Columbus first step on American soil. You get a ton of photographs, audio and video clips, and articles explaining essential facts about American history. With the American History App, you're getting the facts about 11 significant periods: the Colonial Era, The Birth of America, Early National Era, Civil War, Reconstruction, The Gilded Age, World War 1 and 2, The Cold War, the Space Age, Computer Age, and the recent War on Terror.
While you eat your steaks and burgers while washing it down with a cold one, just remember what you're celebrating.
Learn all about American history with this interactive timeline app.
Climacell: Weather Assistant
Since Independence Day is definitely an outdoor celebration, you're going to want to make sure that you're prepared for the weather in your area. Climacell is an app that helps you plan out your entire day based around hyper-accurate weather forecasts, down to the minute and street.
Climacell provides precise weather forecasts based on your location and time. This means minute-by-minute and street-by-street forecasts, rain and snow alerts, air quality maps, wind speeds, and more. The unique forecasts that Climacell provides are used by industry experts, from aviation to on-demand players, where bad weather can make or break it. With this in mind, Climacell is the perfect app to have on-hand for planning when you should start grilling, and even when you can light up your fireworks.
And even after July 4, Climacell can come in handy for your everyday life.
Climacell provides hyper-accurate forecasts down to the minute and street, so you can perfectly plan your BBQ and fireworks.
What apps are you using to celebrate?
These are just a few of our favorite apps to help celebrate Independence Day. What apps do you plan to use to help in your celebrations? Let us know in the comments.
Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.