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Five apps to make your Fourth of July fabulous


Here in the US we will close out the week with the best summer holiday -- the Fourth of July. The Independence Day holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most people choose to celebrate the day with good food, even better friends, parades, parties and fireworks. If you are in the planning stages for your Fourth of July, here are some apps to make the holiday the best it can be.

iExit [iOS Universal; Free]

iExit 4th of July

Desperately need a cup of coffee to make it to your parents house for the 4th of July, but don't know which exit has the next coffee shop? Then you should download iExit, a navigation app that displays the upcoming exits and the point-of-interest that are located off the highway.

PicTapGo [iOS Universal; $1.99]

4th of July

It's the 4th of July, which means you will be taking a lot of photographs of parades, kids and fireworks. Download PicTapGo to grab a photo, apply a quick photo and send it to Instagram with minimal loss of quality.

Omaha Steaks Steak Time [iPhone; Free]

Omaha Steaks

Not everyone loves steak on the grill, but those who do will appreciate the Steak Time app from Omaha Steaks. The app includes a steak grilling timer to help you find the perfect cooking time and works with iGrill bluetooth cooking thermometer for improved accuracy. It also supports recipes and has a details Steak 101 section for new and experienced cooks alike. If you are an Omaha Steaks fan, the app even has a link to the Omaha Steak store.

Oh Ranger, Park Finder [iPhone; Free]

Oh Ranger Park Finder

Want to spend some time recreating before you swing by your friend's picnic? Then you should check out your local parks using the Oh Ranger, Park Finder Guide. The app uses your location to find local parks and provides detailed information on the park, its activities, hours of operation and more.

Slow Shutter Cam [iPhone; $0.99]

Slow Shutter Cam

Slow Shutter Cam has a light trail mode that'll adjust the shutter speed and other settings of the iOS camera to allow you to capture moving light such as fireworks.

Flickr image at the top from North Charleston's 4th of July Festival.

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