O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain...
Hot dogs and pasta salad and a cooler full of beer and apple pie, laws yes. Follow it up with sparklers and barefoot running through the yard and watching fireworks explode over the lake and you've got yourself a happy 4th of July barbecue, my friends.
Who wants to keep track of everything you need for your backyard hoedown when there's toasts to be made, flags to be flown? Appszoom's brought you all the apps you'll need for a 4th full of fun. Happy Independence Day, USA!
Get in the mood: 4th July Live Wallpaper
First things first. As you decorate your house and backyard with flags and loads of blue, red and white, you should do the same with your smartphone. There are fantastic launcher themes and live wallpapers available.
PimpDroid's 4th July Live Wallpaper is a good example. It features tons of live wallpapers to decorate your Android's home screen dinamically. Of course, all of them are related to Independence Day and patriotism. If you are going to celebrate the National Day, do it properly!
A BBQ is a perfect plan for July 4th. It's summer, so it's expected to be sunny and warm out there... or maybe not? Before sending invitations to your sizzling BBQ, make sure rain isn't going to ruin it all.
If detailed info and accuracy is what you are looking for, AccuWeather is your best option. You can seamlessly check real temperature, RealFeel temperature, intra-day and weekly forecasts, and lot of extended info: humidity, visibility, sunrise and sunset times, atmospheric pressure, and more. In addition, you can access the weekly forecast, maps (for cloud cover), and weather forecast videos from the Accuweather website.
Confirmed: the sun is going to grace us with its presence. It's time to think about the menu. Are you planning to grill just a few scrawny hamburgers? Come on, your guests deserve better than that.
Can you smell what BigOven's cooking? BigOven is a comprehensive and searchable library of recipes with a database of over 250,000 recipes, the majority of them added by users. Browse based on keyword, ingredient, or even dietary restriction (in the paid version). Reviews written by the huge userbase tell you precisely which time-tested roast chicken recipe you can trust.
Let's see. The sun is shining, the pasta salad's almost ready. Next step: spike the party with some good vibes. Have you heard about Songza?
If you've ever been frustrated by having to "play DJ" at events you hold, or perhaps just get sick of your current rotation of music, Songza is an amazing answer to your prayers. Whether you're working out, hanging out, or busting a move, this app has a playlist for you. Sort by genre ("rock," "hip-hop," "indie," etc) or browse by moment ("This Will Piss Off Your Parents," for one hilarious example). It's totally free, and there's no limit to how much you can listen and enjoy.
Yes! Your guests have arrived in the perfect mood to uncork something to sip on. Let's take it a couple notches up from Miller Lite. It's time for something more elaborate, yet easy to prepare.
If you want to surprise your guests with fresh original cocktails, Mixology is the app you need. Mixology is one of the most complete cocktail guides and cookbooks you can find on the market. Almost 8000 drink and cocktails recipes and 1300 to combine with are enough to find something you've never tasted before. Learn the names of the cocktails, find out how to make them among the recipes list, or hit the "random drink" feature if you don't know which one to choose.
If you want your kids out of your hair while you are enjoying your cocktails, you can lend them your tablet with the official game of the National Hero.
Gameloft's Captain America Sentinel Of Liberty is a beat'em up game set in excellent cartoon-like graphics. An action game, somewhere halfway between tactical and action, with some management stuff between stages, namely constructing buildings to get more characters and skills.
Finally, you've eaten, you've imbibed, you've had a blast, and it's time to go. With a few degrees of alcohol in everyone's blood, you better call a taxi for you and your guests. Even better: you can use Uber.
Uber lets you request a private driver to come directly to your exact location. Track them as they get close to you. Pay directly through the app via Google Wallet or PayPal, or add a credit card to the app if you like - no more fussing with cash. Rank your experience afterwards so only the best drivers stay in the Uber system. It's already functional in over 130 cities in 30 different countries, many of which offer a promocode for a discounted first-time ride if you poke around for it.