6 Apps to Help You Plan and Celebrate 4th of July

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Summer has just arrived which means 4th of July is upon us, so let the commemoration of country begin! Whether you're playing host or guest during the festivities, your smartphone can be a helpful companion for the festivities...here are a few to plan what to do, where to go, and how to do it!

iOS

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Left: Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder - Right: Find Craft Beer

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder
Planning a big get together this year and want to celebrate somewhere out in the great outdoors? Check out the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app which has a full catalog of National Parks across the US. Activities and facilities are listed under every park so you can find one that accomodates your needs. You'll discover many have interesting activities like hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, boating, and even tennis! Free

Find Craft Beer
Serve up something refreshing while helping your local economy by buying craft beer. What better way to show your pride than stocking up on a time-honored brew created in the same spirit of our ancestors when they first arrived to this country. Find Craft Beer uses GPS to locate brewers close to you as well as bars that serve them so you can sample before investing for your celebrations. $1

Android

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Left: Weber's on the Grill - Right: SoberApp

Weber's on the Grill
Call me old-fashioned, but it just doesn't feel like the 4th of July without a barbecue. The iconic grilling brand BBQ brand Weber has developed the Weber's on the Grill cookbook app, not surprisingly listing 250 recipes that take advantage of briquets and hot grill. Featuring 40 different marinades as well as instructional videos and helpful tips, it can be useful if you're a once a year griller or a seasoned cook. $5
Also available for iOS

SoberApp
It should go without saying, we urge everyone to practice responsible drinking this Independence Day. SoberApp will help hosts calculate guests blood alcohol levels after inputting information such as weight, height and the drinks they've had. The app displays the blood alcohol percentage, amount of time to sober up, as well as the legal limit stated by the law, perhaps the last party game of the evening (highest score loses?). Free
Equivalent for iOS ($1) and Windows Phone 7 (Free)

Windows Phone 7

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Left: Fireworks Builder - Right: Mobile Bartender

Fireworks Builder
Here's a creative way to send a holiday notification/invites. Choreograph your own unique show by using 48 different fireworks and swiping their flight paths across the night sky. Tap high for large bursts of light or lower to the ground for a bigger bang. Choose from 4 different songs and send your result via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. Great for entertaining the kids as well. Free

Mobile Bartender
Playing the role of bartender at large functions can either be a coveted position or a challenge. Should a sophisticated order be thrown your way, be prepared with Mobile Bartender. There are a selection of over 6,500 drink concoctions in its offline database making it a pretty well endowed app. It will even find recipes based on ingredients you currently have. $1

(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above)

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