Apps for the Independence Day Holiday


Apps for the Independence Day Holiday

Whether you are looking for a way to pass the time until the fireworks start, or you want an app to provide the fireworks you will be missing in person this year, there is an app for you. These apps are for iPhone owners. Sorry Windows & Android owners…

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I only just learned how to ‘play’ Sudoku. Yeah, I know. It has been around for many years. I would still not know how to play it were it not for this free app. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did go find a Sudoku tutorial on YouTube to help me learn to use the app. Big sigh…

BTW – This is a great app to keep your brain sharp. I need all the help I can get. 🙂

This is the icon on my iPhone after it is installed.



The opening Menu.

OPening Menu


There are options to choose from to set up the app. I left them at the default. Like I said, I need all the help I can get.

Then you choose either Flash or Easy to start playing. Until you have played some games the next level is not available to you. Since I played and won some games I get to advance to the Medium level if I want to.

Play Menu

Then play begins.

HiLited Numbers


Notice the numbers with the green outlines around them. This handy little features helps you to see where those numbers are on the board and where more of those numbers might possibly go.

To place a number you first select the space where you want the number to go. See the red outline around the square I have chosen?

Red Square


Then you select the number from the selection at the bottom of your screen. If you are correct, then that number is placed and a green outline appears around it.

You can select any number on the grid at any time to see where all of that same number appears.

If you like playing Sudoku, (I still do not know how to say it.) you will likely find this app addictive. Not bad for a FREE app.

Now then, if you are one of those poor souls who cannot actually watch your local fireworks in person you might enjoy viewing some on your iPhone. Yeah, I was skeptical too.

So here is the icon that appears after you install the app.

RealFireworks I give you fair warning at this point, each time you open the app it wants you to purchase the upgrade as well as other apps. Once you decline and close that screen the fireworks begins. Really… The sound effects are awesome and so are the fireworks.

I took a few screen shots to give you an idea of what they are like. It’s pretty tricky trying to capture fireworks.

FW 1


FW 2

FW 3


You realize of course that if you take screen shots you can make them your phone’s wallpaper, right? I also cropped these so you don’t have to see the ads at the top of the screen.

This app also has what it refers to as ‘Artist Mode’. That means you can draw on the screen and create your own beautiful fireworks. Personally like watching and hearing the fireworks already supplied in the app.

Artist Mode

So there you have it. 2 free apps to keep you busy and out of trouble. 🙂 Yeah, I was really speaking to me when I said that.

I wish everyone a wonderful and safe July 4th holiday.

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  1. JeriWB says:

    I've never given Sudoku a try even though I used to see how addicted many of my students would get to it. I guess I just see numbers and think, "Numbers, eek!"

  2. jacquiegum says:

    I love Sudoku! But then I love all brain games. But I only play Sudoku when I am in a waiting room or on a plane. Numbers have always been a great fear of mine…so I thought I try this as a way getting more friendly with them. It worked:) I love the game:)

  3. patweber says:

    Well, I don't even know what Sudoku is so YOU are way ahead of me Cheryl. Happy holiday weekend to you too.

  4. Love the fireworks app. Adds a sparkle to the everyday. 🙂

  5. Hi Cheryl. I've never played Sodoku, and am not really a games person.

    But I do love fireworks, and suspect that app would be ideal for shut-ins or for people like military who are stationed where there are none to be found.

  6. My wife plays sudoku on her tablet.

    Last year I picked up a fireworks app for my grand daughter. It's a bit simple but great for a baby that only knows to hit the screen.

  7. Have never tried Suduko and considering that I don't have an iPhone the app will not make me start. Great idea with a firework app for people who. for some reason, are not able to go and watch.

  8. Thanks for these Cheryl. I played Sudoko a lot at one point and became quite addicted, so I'm hesitant to try this, but it's great to know there's a free one. Moderation – always the way isn't it?