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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.
Join Us at the 40th Northwest Austin Civic Association 4th of July Parade
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!
As 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, About.com 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
“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!