Fireworks, barbecues, sweet tea, and swimming – Independence Day is all about celebrating America and spending some downtime with the people you care about. Celebrated since 1777 – when 13 rifle shots marked the occasion in Rhode Island and a larger celebration with food and fireworks took place in Pennsylvania – Independence Day is a time for fun and frolic. Mobile technology offers even more ways to send greetings, invite people over, plan meals and enjoy fireworks. Whether you're roasting under the sun or stuck inside thanks to some ill-timed rain, iOS mobile apps will put a little extra holiday smile on your face.
Vintage Fourth of July Cards is an iOS app that has graphic representations of old-fashioned Independence Day cards. There are one hundred cards to choose from for only $1.99; download as many as your heart desires without paying extra. Once you've found one that strikes your fancy, send it out to relatives you aren't going to see or to friends coming to your cookout as a precursor to the event. They're sent right to an email account, so your friends and family don't need to have the app to view the card. If you're feeling especially patriotic, you can even set your favorite as your mobile wallpaper.
Speaking of your cookout, check out Fourth of July Recipes if you aren't quite sure what to serve your guests. For only $0.99 you get access to more than 200 recipes. Move quickly, though, because the app is on sale (and it's usually $14.99!) Try out Lemon Firecrackers, Star Spangled Pie or Aunt Carol's July 4th Kosher Cole Slaw and who knows, maybe you'll end up with a new family favorite. Most recipes in the cookbook stem from Independence Day favorites like baked beans, potato salad, various types of pie and hamburgers. There are also a few surprises -- like the red, white and blue ice cream cake. Most of the recipes are fairly simple. Even if you aren't a gourmet chef, Fourth of July Recipes is the perfect app to help you decide what to put on the menu at the last minute.
Stuck inside due to some very unfriendly storm clouds? Worried you'll miss fireworks? Let your mobile device create the next best thing. Fireworks Arcade not only lets you design your own fireworks show, but it includes realistic sounds to dazzle your audience. It's free, but you can choose to pay $0.99 to remove the ads. Once you're done creating your fireworks show, save it and share it with friends right in the app. Even if you're planning on spending the night outside and the skies are clear, Fireworks Arcade can still work to entertain your children when you get caught in the post-fireworks traffic.
So load up your iOS device with Independence Day apps and make the most of your holiday!
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