The first unofficial weekend of the summer is upon us, and while we should all really take this day to power down our devices and head outdoors, we couldn’t resist throwing together this list of apps to enhance your holiday experience. From grilling to remembering veterans to gazing at the summer sky, these apps will help you enjoy the day off.
For the Grillmaster: Weber’s On the Grill
App Store Rating: 4/5 stars
Google Play Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Weber’s On the Grill features over 280 grill-centric recipes and includes handy functions like a Grocery Lists and a Favorite Recipes section.
For the Historian: The Civil War Today
$5.99 for iPad
App Store rating: 4.5/5 stars
Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated after the Civil War to remember the fallen. With this iPad app from A&E, “experience the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you live the events in ‘real-time’ over the course of four years.”
For the Gourmet Chef: Epicurious
Free for iPhone & Android
App Store rating: 3/5 stars
Google Play rating: 3.5/5
If grilling isn’t your thing, turn to Epicurious for indoor cooking options, including dinner, desserts, cocktails and party snacks.
For the Sommelier: Hello Vino
App Store rating: 4/5 stars
Google Play rating: 4/5 stars
Bring Hello Vino along to the grocery store to pick the perfect wine for that holiday dinner party. The app offers suggestions based on food and holiday, with reviews and label photos so you can quickly find what you need.
For the Stargazer: Sky Map
Free for Android
Google Play rating: 4.5/5 stars
Sky Map will add some insight to your early summer stargazing. Just point your phone at the sky and the app will tell you which constellation, star or and planet you’re looking at.
For the Roadtripper: INRIX Traffic
App Store rating: 3.5/5 stars
Google Play Rating: 3.5/5 stars
If you’re heading out of town this weekend, decrease travel time, fuel expenses and frustration using INRIX for real-time traffic updates.
Hopefully these apps help you usher in a happy first unofficial weekend of summer. What would you add to the list?