There’s no bigger holiday for barbeques and picnics than the Fourth of July. From coast to coast, from sea to shining sea, what could possibly be more patriotic than grilling hamburgers and hotdogs, tossing around a baseball and watching fireworks light up the night sky? Not much, as far as we can tell.
But you’ll need to be prepared for your holiday weekend tailgate (let’s just call it what it is). And that goes beyond stocking up at the grocery store. Tailgate Fan can help you out.
Here’s some top-notch gear to light up your July 4th festivities.
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Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($199.99)
No need to put up with the tinny speakers on your mobile device. Connect wirelessly to Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Wireless Speaker. This rechargeable tube-shaped speaker will blast music in all directions. Leave it on the ground; clip it to your belt. Heck, put it in the cup holder. As long as you’re within 50 feet of the device sending out the tunes, you’re all set. This handy little speakers comes in assorted colors, with a plasma coating to protect from the occasional beer spill or mustard stain.
Buy the UE Boom Wireless Speaker.
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Digital Treasures PowerFlask ($89.95)
Mobile devices just drink in the power. And a dead battery can ruin the fun for everyone. Quench your mobile devices’ thirst for power with this hip flask-like rechargeable battery pack from Digital Treasures. Plug in up to three devices in at one time; the 13,000mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery means there will be plenty of juice to go around. It comes with USB cables and a power adapter. More useful still are built-in LED flashlights for when it gets dark.
Buy the Digital Treasures PowerFlask.
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BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer ($149.99)
Everybody should enjoy their holiday celebration. But it isn’t always safe to drive at the end of the evening, especially if you’ve had a few drinks. The BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer pairs with an Apple mobile device to check the user’s blood alcohol content. The highly accurate police-grade sensors measure and then display the results. Know when you shouldn’t get behind the wheel, and when you should get a ride with someone else.
Buy the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer.
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Uncle Milton Fireworks Light Show ($19.99)
Fireworks are cool close up. But safe? Yeah, not so much. This launcher lets you can get up close and personal, since the “fireworks” are projections mixed in with booming sound effects. Just aim at a darkened wall, tree or even another reveler, “launch” one of the eight displays and listen to it fly before triggering off the fireworks. It doesn’t measure up to the real thing, but could save kids from disappointment should the weather goes south.
Buy the Fireworks Light Show.
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.