Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors.

Whether it’s firing up the barbecue, shooting a round at a Long Island golf course or setting sail in local waters, these apps can help you kick off the traditional start to summer.

Weber Grills

(iOS, Android; free)

For many Long Islanders, Memorial Day is opening day for outdoor cookouts. This free app from the grill maker and cookbook publisher (it used to cost $4.99), has a good listing of recipes along with barbecuing tips whether you’re cooking beef, pork or fish. For your barbecue guests who don’t eat meat, there are a few vegetarian recipes.


(iOS, Android; free)

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This Swiss Army knife of golf apps — currently the most popular free golf app for both Android and iOS — includes comprehensive digital scorecards and a GPS range finder for 36,000 courses around the world, including almost every Long Island course. Playing with a group? You can set up and manage tournaments and generate a live leader board that looks like the one used on televised events.

U.S. Coast Guard

(iOS, Android; free)

Memorial Day weekend is typically prime time for Long Island’s recreational boaters. Considering the spring’s wet weather, it might also be the first time many will get their vessels in the water this year. If it’s been a while since you’ve weighed anchor, this official app from the U.S. Coast Guard can get you back up to speed with safety checklists and rules of the road. You can also retrieve weather data from nearby NOAA buoys.

History Here

(iOS, Android; free)

Memorial Day should be a time to remember the past, and this popular app from A&E Television Networks can help you take a historic road trip without leaving Long Island. The app features historic sites, monuments, and homes of interest based on your current location. If you are heading elsewhere, you can search anywhere in the country by ZIP code.