PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps for The Fourth of July

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for the Fourth of July

1. American Presidents for iPad ($3.99) – If you are looking for an educational app with a fresh design then grab yourself a copy of American Presidents. Not only will you learn some fairly detailed information about each of our U.S. Commander in Chiefs, but you will also learn about important historical wars, treaties and constitutional amendments that took place during their time in office. You can also see maps of what the country looked like when it was just 13 colonies, where the Union and Confederates resided during the Civil War and which states were the last to join the Union. You can read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and much more!


2. Fireworks Arcade (Free) – Do you live in a town where fireworks are illegal? Or, maybe you don’t trust yourself around flaming boxes of gun powder after five shots of whiskey. Don’t worry. Now you can have your own fireworks show, right in your living room with this fun app, and no cats will be harmed in the process. Activate the slideshow and set your own music to a pre-made fireworks display. If you are feeling particularly patriotic, set the sky a-sparkling yourself. All you have to do is tap the screen and random fireworks will blow up. Go ahead and show off your pyrotechnics as you tap along to ACDC’s “Back in Black.”


3. Martha Stewart Cocktails ($0.99) – Who better to turn to for your drink-making needs than the queen of do it yourself festivities. Say what you will about the woman, but Martha Stewart knows cocktails. If you’ve already downloaded her delicious Cookies app, then you know what Cocktails is all about. It has the same layout and modern design and there is even a recipe spinning wheel for when you don’t know what to make. The current version of this app is rife with fruity classics that will make you the hit of your Fourth of July barbeque. It even comes with five bar snack recipes to compliment your cocktails.


4. Weber’s On The Grill ($4.99) – Practically everything you’ve ever needed to know about outdoor grilling can be found in this app. From how to set up for indirect grilling to dealing with flare-ups. There are eight different categories for grilling basics, including four helpful videos. Grilling guides is not the only thing you’ll get with this app. There are also hundreds of grilling recipes, separated by type of meat. There are dozens of veggie recipes and even a list of desserts you can grill. Of course, lets not forget the homemade rubs, marinades and sauces that you can season your main or side dish with.


5. Rdio (Free) – If you want to have great tunes at the ready for your Fourth of July celebration, but don’t have time to create the perfect playlist, Rdio is the app for you. You can listen to a huge selection of music, including entire albums on demand or head over to the Top Charts section and stream one of the user-based top playlists for hours of uninterrupted listening. If you are already a Rdio subscriber, you can access all of your current collections and playlists. You can also see music activity from people you are following or everyone who listens on Rdio. You can search for a specific artist, album or title from over 15 million songs. Although Rdio is free on a desktop computer, subscribers can only use the iOS app if they pay for a premium account for $14.99 per month. However, give a try to the free 30-day trial.


6. Pocketbooth ($0.99) – If you really want to make your party a hit, set up a photo booth right in your back yard and let your friends and family take county fair style photos of themselves with the Pocketbooth app. Once you have your home made booth set up, just put the iPad on a tabletop (make sure it is secure or your drunk uncle may knock it over) and let the fun begin. Pocketbooth can be automatically set up to take streams of three or four pictures in a row with between one and five seconds between shots. You can choose between black and white borders and add effect such as sepia tones or antique. Once the settings have been set and the pictures have been shot. You can send your strip to a nearby printer using AirPrint.


Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik