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Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks

If you are heading down to Auditorium Shores along with 100,000 Austinites for the The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks be sure to look for the OHSAY USA Team. We will be proudly wearing our Made in America Club shirts and handing out 800 flags PLUS a secret promotion code. You will have to find us to learn what you get with the code. We promise it’s good.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. Get ready for the 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake.

We will be there at 7pm and the flags will go fast.

More info on the official website.

Join Us at the 40th Northwest Austin Civic Association 4th of July Parade

When: Wed, July 4, 9am – 10am
Where: Intersection of Far West Blvd and Waterline Rd. (map)


The Northwest Austin Civic Association celebrates their 40th Annual 4th of July Parade. Last year, more than 2,000 neighbors participated in a variety of ways. The parade will begin at 9 am on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at the intersection of Far West Blvd and Waterline Rd. and will conclude at Doss Elementary. At Doss, children will enjoy free activities including face painting, games, a clown, magicians and more.

Join OHSAY USA and grab a US flag from us! Happy 4th!

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“Go West Young Man”

Pioneers Travel West

Pioneers Travel West

We Americans began as travelers and outdoors people. Our ancestors left their birth countries and journeyed to America with low odds of surviving. It was expected that many in the family would perish and even the hardiest of the bunch would live short lives. Despite these odds, we still headed out and lived off the land. In many cases, shortly after surviving the trip to America we started heading West.

“Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.” –Horace Greeley in the mid-1800s.

We kept diaries as we moved west. Lewis and Clark documented our path to the Pacific coast so that everyone would know what to expect. Pioneers shared their travel journals through letters with relatives moving Westward.

Our journals primarily insured us that we would not be forgotten after we were gone. 

Go North, South, East or West Young Man

All-Weather Travel Journal Kit

All-Weather Travel Journal Kit

Now it’s time to renew the pioneer spirit. Pick any direction and go! There are still places across America that you can discover and share with others. Use the Rite in the Rain Travel Journal kit to record your adventures.

If it rains, no problem. The 78 sheets of journal pages will not get soggy and illegible. The 9 pages of reference material will help you navigate. The kit includes an all-weather tactical pen which writes on wet paper and upside down in temperatures from -30F to 250F in all latitudes and longitudes. The journal and pen fit snugly in the rugged case which you can attach to your belt.

What are you waiting for? Buy the Journal now. Carpe diem.

Made in the USA




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All Over the Map! Our Diverse All-American 4th of July Feast

Hot DogAs I sit down to put together the menu for our annual 4th of July celebration, it strikes me that diversity is not only key to the success of our country, but also key to the tastiness of our yearly All-American Celebration. This year our menu includes the following components:

Grilled Hot Dogs – American (with roots from sausages in Germany)

“German Americans brought us weinerwurst, German for Vienna sausage, which eventually became shortened to wiener. Other German immigrants referred to smoked sausages as bundewurst, which is German for dog sausage. By the late 1920’s, wienie roasts became the rage, with guests bringing their own hot dogs to roast over an open fire. ” – Peggy Trowbridge Filipone, Guide

Grilled Corn on the Cob – Native American

“Scientists believe people living in central Mexico developed corn at least 7000 years ago. It was started from a wild grass called teosinte. Teosinte looked very different from our corn today. The kernels were small and were not placed close together like kernels on the husked ear of modern corn. Also known as maize Indians throughout North and South America, eventually depended upon this crop for much of their food.” – Camp Silos

Watermelon – AfricanWatermelon

“Watermelons are thought to be native of the Kalahari desert in Africa, due to David Livingstone describing them as “abundant” in that region. One can find, still today, plants of what is believed to be the ancestor of watermelons, called Tsamma melon (Citrullus lanatus var tastius). The Tsamma melon can also be found in Baja California (it was brought there by human intervention, though) and African regions such as Zimbabwe, where it is known by the name of “mwiwa” (or “iswe, nwiwa”): Tsammas’ flesh is similar to watermelons, and they have pinnatifid leaves. They are used in Africa to make jams due to their high content of pectin.” – WatermelonPoint

Guacamole Dip and Tortilla Chips – Native American (Aztecs in what is today Mexico)

“Seriously, that’s it. When the Spaniards encountered the Aztec empire back in the 1500s, the locals were making a sauce called ahuaca-mulli, which means “avocado-mixture.” The dish was prepared by mashing avocados, sometimes with tomatoes and onions. Sound familiar? Add a few hot peppers and a touch of cilantro, and you’ve got modern guac.” – Burritophile

Potato Salad – European

“Although potato salad has become as synonymous with America as apple pie, it was originally a European creation. Potato salad was first concocted by Spanish explorers after arriving in Europe from the New World in the 16th century. The first potato salads were normally cooked and/or dressed with vinegar or wine in contrast to their modern American counterparts, which are traditionally slathered in creamy mayonnaise.” – Gourmet Live

What’s on your celebration menu? Add your recipes in the comments. Happy 4th of July!

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Harry Houdini & Johnny Carson Could Never Reveal Their Secrets

Johnny Carson the Magician

The "Great Carson"

Magic has been attributed to making soldiers appear from a Trojan horse, cheating at card games and fantasy entertainment. It became an American obsession along with vaudeville in the early 1880s and continues today with acts such as Penn & Teller.

The Great Carson, later known as Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, made his magic debut at the age of fourteen. It is believed his obsession with magic was the “rosebud” (catalyst) that led him to become the most famous talk show host in America.

Houdini Water Torture

Houdini Performing the Chinese Water Torture

Erik Weisz, who became Harry Handcuff Houdini, spent his time growing up in New York City and debuted as a trapeze artist at the age of nine in 1883. He partly changed his name due to his respect for American magician Harry Kellar.

As a magician he was best known for his Chinese Water Torture Cell performance where he was lowered into a tank of water upside down and handcuffed.

He later died from a ruptured appendix following an athletic magic feat. A spectator punched him quickly in the abdomen before he could tighten up his stomach muscles to prevent damage.

The Houdini museum is now located in Scranton, PA which is also home to “The Office’s” fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company.

Master Magic Set

Jumbo Magic Set

Make the Heat Vanish With Magic

The Master Magicians’ Jumbo Magic Set includes 75 classic table tricks that are easy to learn and fun to perform indoors while avoiding the heat during this summer of record highs.

I was beside myself when I discovered that the manufacturer from which I ordered my magic tricks as a young magician was still in business in Chicago. My jaw dropped when the company told me that the 1930s original owner and magician, Jules Traub, also invented the revolving display rack that we see in every department store.

As with every magician I had to take the Society of American Magicians’ creed including the first and most important rule, I agree to “Oppose the willful exposure to the public of any principles of the Art of Magic, or the methods employed in any magic effect or illusion.”

Buy the Magic set now but be careful, it’s all fun and games ’til someone disappears.

Made in the USA

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Betsy Ross Worked Hard For the Money

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross - Tough to the Core

Betsy Ross  is best known for making the first US flag but… akin to telling you there is no Santa Claus… Betsy was not the first person who made the flag, but it IS documented that she received payment in 1777 to make “ship’s colours” for the Pennsylvania State Navy.

Her life, however, is a classic example of American perseverance. She ultimately endured widowhood, single motherhood, managing a household, running an upholstery business, and remarrying for economic reasons.

 If that was not enough she was expelled from her Quaker meeting house in Philadelphia by family and friends for her initial marriage since her husband was not a Quaker.

She died at 84 years old in 1836. Fifty years later her grandson was featured in Harper’s Monthly telling the fabled story that his grandmother made the first flag in June of 1776 after a visit from President George Washington. Her grandson had an active imagination and a tough grandmother.


USA Flag

Polycotton 3'x5' US Flag Kit with Steel Pole

Why You Need to Hoist a US Flag

The US flag is very complex insofar as its meaning for each individual. The flag is also a tough survivor. It has seen battle, been burned, turned upside down, and been used for political gain but it is a survivor.

If you are a survivor, the US flag is the ultimate symbol representing that you will not go down without a fight. You have a right to your beliefs no matter what anyone else thinks. These rights have been tested over the years but the flag is still there for you. Fly it.

Our flags are 100% Made in the USA. Buy it in time for July 4th.

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Don’t Mess With Rosie When She Needs a Drink

Welcome to the launch of OHSAY USA

We are committed to helping identify the best Made in America products from inventors, designers and even companies who have been around since before the turn of the century. Join us and sign up for the Made in America Club. You will be notified first about new products on sale.

We Can Do It water bottle american made

Our first featured item is the “We Can Do It” 100% recycled aluminum water bottle which is BPA-free. Many water bottles in the past contained the hazardous BPA compound which is extremely dangerous for children’s health. This bottle is very eco-forward.

We love the patented twist locking top for quick opening. We used to spill water all over ourselves and get impatient when using water bottles that have the traditional screw openings, but no more!

We always carry our bottle to the airport and fill it up with water once we pass security. It can take forever to get your first beverage on a flight and we refuse to pay 5 bucks for water in the airport.

The bottles are manufactured by Liberty Bottle Works in Yakima, Washington. The city is known for their apples, wine and hops. They grow 75% of all the hops used in the USA. Plus Yakima is gorgeous with green surroundings and a view of Mount Rainier which makes for a happy community.

Liberty Bottle Works is a great US company with the mantra “Stewardship – it is not just our responsibility, it is our liberty.” They also pledge 1% of their sales and 1% of their working hours to helping large, local and grass roots efforts.

Have fun carrying the iconic 1942 image around town. Rosie the Riveter was a real person. She worked in US factories along with other women as men joined the armed forces during WWII. The “We Can Do It” image was a poster initially used internally by Westinghouse Electric to motivate women to work harder. The iconic image later became a symbol of strength and self-empowerment for American women.

Made in America Water Bottle

Rosie the Riveter at Work

In our opinion this is the highest quality reusable bottle you can buy.

Made in the USA


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