Looking for the best iPhone apps or best iPad apps to help you and your family celebrate Memorial Day weekend this year? For those of us in the United States, Memorial Day is a time to remember those that lost lost their lives serving our country and to spend time with family and friends. For most of us that means cookouts and get togethers. So whether you want to brush up on some US history, plan a killer cookout, or see what you're friends are up to, we've got the App Store apps you need to make the most out of this Memorial Day weekend!
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Weather is unpredictable and if you're planning a cookout or other outdoor activities, AccuWeather Platinum can help you stay on top of what the weather's going to be like. The reason AccuWeather Platinum is my favorite weather app is due to their MinuteCast feature. Just enter your location and it can give you updated weather info down to the minute for your exact location. I've been using it for a long time and it's always right on the money.
For down to the minute weather updates, you need AccuWeather Platinum to help you plan your holiday weekend.
- $2.99 - Download Now
Grilling is an art form and cooking several different types of meat at once makes things even more complicated. GrillTime can help you eliminate the stress of grilling multiple items at once. Set times for individual foods and be notified when they're ready. Not sure how long a certain type of meat should grill for? No problem, GrillTime can give helpful tips, techniques, and instructions for all kinds of different foods, including veggies.
If you're cooking out and need a timer to help you manage everything on the grill, look no further than GrillTime.
- $1.99 - Download Now
Weber's On the Grill
Anyone can slap some burgers or brats on the grill. If you're looking to wow your friends and family — or just want some new recipes all summer long — the Weber's On the Grill app definitely delivers. Not only can you get awesome recipes for many different kinds of proteins, you can even check out ideas for side dishes and deserts that can all be cooked on the grill.
For more grilling recipes than you can shake a stick at, you want Weber's On the Grill app.
- $4.99 - Download Now
Speakeasy Cocktails is one of the most comprehensive mixology guide you can find for the iPhone or iPad. From techniques to video tutorials, you'll find drink recipes that will suit anyone and everyone. There are over 200 recipes included in Speakeasy and over 90 minutes of video tutorials to help you make the perfect drink each and every time. What more could your guests ask for?
If this holiday weekend includes some alcoholic drinks, you need Speakeasy Cocktails.
- $9.99 - Download Now
Swarm by Foursquare
If you aren't quite sure what you're going to do this weekend but you have a lot of friends that actively use Foursquare around you, checking out the new Swarm app probably isn't a bad idea. The premise is that you can see what your friends are up to and make plans together. Let your friends know that you're looking for something to do and you may be surprised at how many options you could end up having.
For those that don't yet have plans for the long weekend, check out Swarm to see what your friends are up to.
- Free - Download Now
Let's not forget what Memorial Day is all about. Even if you can't visit a national memorial this year, that doesn't mean there isn't history right in your own back yard. The HISTORY Here app uses your current location to show you points of interest that have historical significance. HISTORY Here is also a great way to learn about the United States whenever you're traveling.
If you want to commemorate Memorial Day by taking in a little history, check out HISTORY Here.
- Free - Download Now
Your favorite iPhone and iPad apps to help you celebrate Memorial Day?
If you are planning on getting out with friends and family to celebrate this Memorial Day holiday, what apps are you using to make the most of it? Be sure to let me know in the comments!
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