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4th of July Apps: Plan Ahead to Relax in Style

Since you use apps for everything else, why not use them to help with your 4th of July activities?

July 4th celebrations can be memorable. From the satisfaction of a good cookout, to the enjoyment of pool time with the family, to the “oohs” and “aahs” of a spetacular fireworks show, there is no time in the summer quite like the 4th.

On the flipside, coming up with food to eat, places to do, what to pack, and where to park when you’re supposed to be having fun can be stressful. Mobile apps can help you be more productive, so check out my list of 4th of July apps that will make your Independence Day less of a task and more of a celebration.

  • Allrecipes 1 of 5
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    4th of July and cookouts go hand in hand. Everybody will be in the kitchen or on the grill whipping up their go-to recipes. If you want to stand out from the crowd of chefs at your cookout, a simple "4th of July" search in the Allrecipes app will display a nice list of themed-recipies that will commemorate the holiday as well as please your stomach.

  • RedRover 2 of 5
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    Whether you're new to the area and not sure what all the "natives" do for the 4th, or you want to try something new that will only take one trip to the pump or less, the RedRover app can help you quickly locate all the events happening in your area. You can search events by day, distance, or age-range, and the app will use your current location to display events. Choosing an event will give you all the information needed, including purchasing tickets and displaying nearby events before & after to make sure your plans go as scheduled.

  • PackingPro 3 of 5
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    If you will be hitting road this 4th of July, there is nothing more stressful than packing up the family. PackingPro is a feature-rich app that helps your creating a packing list from scratch, or you can choose from a list of suggested trips that will complie list of must-have's that you can edit to suit your needs. You can save individual items or your entire lists to a master database for quick access later, as well as create lists for each family member. Now you just have to worry about stopping every five minutes for bathroom breaks.

  • Parkmobile 4 of 5
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    Competing with the masses to find a good parking spot in the city to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks celebration is a task in and of itself. The Parkmobile app can make parking a breeze by finding participating parking zones, feeding and refilling the meter all from your smartphone. When the celebration is over, Parkmobile will even help you find your car afterwards.

  • ptch 5 of 5
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    You will probably leave the large clunky camera at home to document and share your 4th of July fun with your smartphone. ptch is a great app for pulling in images taken with your phone or shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other networks to quickly make slideshows and home movies, complete with captions, music, filters, and the ability share with family & friends across multiple networks.

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