5 Apps for July 4th

Hopefully you have plans to spend America’s birthday posted up next to the grill with close friends and family. To get the most out of Independence Day this year, be sure to load the old smartphone up with this collection of celebration-enhancing apps.

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Songza’s goal is “to play you the right music at the right time” and Independence Day is no exception. For your backyard get togethers we  recommend Heartland America, a heavy dose of Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen or Soul BBQ, a  mix of soul classics mostly about food.

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Perfect your firework photos with VSCO CAM

VSCO CAM by Visual Supply Cam is an iPhone camera app with simple processing options to make your images even more beautiful. The app makes social sharing super easy, with options to push your photos out via email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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For your holiday beer-be-que needs try Untappd, a social network for beer connoisseurs. Free for iOS and Android, the app lets users snap a photo to share the brews they’re enjoying, write reviews and even see what fellow brewmasters are up to.

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In case you and Uncle Sam party too hard, be sure to have Uber on hand at the end of the night to summon a safe ride home. Or if you’re melting in the hot July sun, rumor has it that we’ll soon be able to use the app to summon ice cream trucks.

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Blaze the Trails National Park Maps HD

For the outdoorsy type, this app from the National Geographic Society is jam-packed with incredibly detailed maps for navigating the top 20 US National Parks. Explore the trails of American gems from Mount Rainier to the Rocky Mountains, or just check out fun facts and HD images from the comfort of your lawn chair.

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Here’s to a safe and happy holiday – enjoy your day off, everyone!