The USA is 238 years old; smartphones as we know them are less than 10—amazing how quickly things have changed on both fronts. Here is a way to combine patriotism and technology, to learn, honor, have fun and give back.
1. HISTORY Here from A&E Television Networks: An interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States. The easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps bring history to life anywhere in the country. The app makes it simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you, including amazing architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more. (Android and iOS)
2. American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad: Award-winning, graphically rich timeline, developed by The American Revolution Center, a non-profit educational institution working to build The Museum of the American Revolution, offers information and access to rare treasures from the Center’s collection that will be displayed in the new museum. Image captions and video podcasts provide an overview of key milestones of the American Revolution. A version of the timeline is also available on the Center’s website, www.AmericanRevolutionCenter.org.
3. Patriotic Music Box (iTunes): Includes 16 songs ranging from patriotic like America the Beautiful and God Bless America, to Armed Forces tunes like Semper Fidelis and anthems—The Star Spangled Banner and more.
4. Weber's On the Grill: Features 280 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces that are sure to get you fired up to get out and grill. You can tag your favorites, and even create and share a master grocery list for your grilling recipes that you can take with you to the store. There's a timer within the app, too, so you know exactly when to take your food off the grill. (Android, iOS)
5. Fireworks by Pixio LLC: Coordinate your own fireworks show while listening to music on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. iFireworks is an interactive visualization program designed to run in tandem with your iTunes library. Includes 15 different locals around the globe (and 1 off planet), multiple burst shapes, intuitive single-touch color selection, automatic firework show, scalable explosions and sparks and striking sound effects.
6. One Today from Google: Lets you give a little and change a lot. Discover an awesome nonprofit project each day—go ahead and see. Donate simply: One project, one button, one good deed a day—you're a hero, done. Share that good feeling with friends—get your donations matched, too. Your donations are tax deductible and will be grouped together for easy year-end tax planning. (Android, iOS)