While Memorial Day serves as a sobering reminder of those patriots we’ve lost in war, it’s also an inspiring reminder of better days to come. Memorial Day, known for officially kicking off the summer season, is a long weekend often reserved for travel, backyard barbeques and sales. Whether you’re heading to the motor speedway or racking up on the retail industry’s spring sweep, there’s an Android app to help you manage it all with grace and efficiency.
priceline Hotel Negotiator (Free)
Las Vegas is the top destination for Memorial Day travelers this year, according to Priceline’s annual travel survey. It’s the tenth year Priceline’s published the Top 50 Memorial Day Destinations study, offering some insight to America’s summer travel plans. It’s also a great way to remind consumers of Priceline’s useful travel app, which helps you nail the best deal on hotel prices once you reach your destination. Featuring their Name Your Own Price tool, the app lets you bid on hotels, browse photos and read reviews. Even for last-minute travel plans, Priceline can get you a deal.
GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas (Free)
If you’d rather drive than fly this Memorial Day Weekend, GasBuddy is indeed your best friend. The Android app helps you locate the cheapest gas prices in your vicinity, saving you money throughout your entire road trip. You can search by city or zip code, or pull up surrounding gas stations based on your current location. You’ll get a list of nearby gas stations along with their prices and distance, also available on a map view. Filter results based on the type of gas you need, and sort by price. Gas station prices are crowd-sourced, so the app only becomes more useful as you contribute data to the system. And for every gas price you report, you’ll earn points towards prize giveaways, including weekly drawings for a $250 gas gift card.
If you’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area, this Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to visit the famed Golden Gate Bridge. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Golden Gate Bridge is an icon for the harbor city and has a history all its own. Launched for the anniversary, the GoGGBridge app will help you discover activities and attractions related to the Golden Gate Bridge, with historic slideshows, games, fun facts and even a custom playlist inspired by the orange landmark. There’s also information on Golden Gate National Parks, tips on where to go and what to do on both sides of the Bridge.
Spending Memorial Day Weekend in front of the grill? The Grill-It app is a comprehensive resource of dishes great for grilling, from seafood to veggies, lamb and chicken. Recipes are broken down across categories (beef, poultry, etc.), and you can search by keyword as well. Each recipe comes with instructions and photos, providing a companion app for master grillers. You can save your favorites for future reference, and skip right to the new stuff by checking out the latest recipes added to the app.
Charlotte Motor Speedway (Free)
One great place to test out your grilling skills is during a tailgate at the motor speedway, and the Coca-Cola 600 race in Charlotte is the perfect place to start. Launched in time for this year’s car race, the Charlotte Motor Speedway app offers event details, maps and other important information for fans. If you’re at the race you can get information on tickets, event schedules, inbound and outbound traffic flow, local eateries, parking and camping information and shuttle bus routes. And even if you’re not at the race you can use the app to keep tabs on news updates. If you’re an Indy 500 fan instead, be sure to check out the Visit Indy app for city information while you’re in town.
Weekly Ads & Sales Pro ($1.99)
For many of us Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity to stock up on winter sale items and tap into early savings on summer items as well. If this is your shopping season kick off, then the Weekly Ads & Sales Pro app is a must-have. It aggregates sales flyers from thousands of retail stores across the nation, ranging from drug stores to department stores, home improvement to electronics. Memorial Day weekend is certain to have some blow-out sales at stores like Macy’s, Best Buy and Lowe’s, so before you head out check the Weekly Ads app to save time as well as money. This pro version lets you create custom lists of your favorite stores, if you’re interested in using the app beyond the holiday weekend.
Xfinity TV (Free)
If the holiday weekend is an opportunity for you to bum out on the couch, you can take full advantage of the many marathons running on TV (one of my favorites is The Twilight Zone). Comcast customers can take advantage of the Xfinity TV app on Android to find all the marathons of interest, filtering by genre, network and more. And even if you don’t plan on being a couch potato all weekend, you can set your DVR to record the entire marathon or a handful of episodes you really want to see, allowing you to get out and enjoy Memorial Day to the fullest.