Ah, the Fourth of July. A day to spend time with family, friends, and delicious barbecued food before you blow some stuff up, all to show your love for this great nation. You're sure to see countless Instagrams and Snapchats of fireworks and hot dogs today, as we can't put down our smartphones, not even on America's birthday.
Let's embrace our love for technology and America with these patriotic apps:
For a lively debate about American history, we suggest a pocket Constitution, available for iOS and Android. After you've read it, you and your loved ones can debate the meaning, and if one pesky period can alter it.
Fireworks Arcade, available on iOS and Android, allows you to create your own firework displays of light and sound. If you aren't feeling creative, you can watch existing fireworks shows in the app. All the joy of lighting stuff on fire, no chance of lighting yourself on fire.
KoolrPix Celebrate America:
Make any photo into a major show of patriotism with this Android app. You can add every American sticker, symbol and graphic you can imagine. There are almost a hundred stamp overlays and dozens of red, white and blue templates to choose from. This is the perfect app for beating your friends in the Fourth of July Instagram game.
The grill master came out with an app full of goodies. You can view their weekly recipes, find the nearest Weber grill dealer in your area, plan BBQ grocery lists and master grilling skills. The best part: there's a food prep tutorial, all about how to prepare meat for barbecuing. The app is available for iOS and Android.
What's more all-American than a nice, cold beer? This iOS app allows you to search for new beers by your taste preferences, find food pairings, and even review breweries. If you want to be extra fancy, the app will even recommend which kind of glass you should use for different types of beer. But I personally prefer a red Solo cup for this great holiday.
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