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Enjoy a day in the sun with these festive Made in the USA items.

Summer is officially here! As the days heat up, you’ll likely find yourself heading to the beach or pool to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. But make sure your getaway is an All-American one! 

Check out the warm weather necessities below — all of which are Made in America. Happy Summer!

Swimwear

Founded by a swimsuit model, Blue Sky Swimwear of Daytona Beach, Fla., proudly manufactures its line of women’s bathing suits in the United States. Blue Sky Swimwear only uses sustainable fabrics to be a leader in eco-friendly manufacturing. The company produces bikinis, one-pieces, cover ups and more in all sorts of patterns and colors. Blue Sky Swimwear says its goal is to create swimwear that is affordable, fun, and functional.  Get swimming!

Surf’s up! Made in Honolulu, Kaimana Beachwear creates authentic Hawaiian swimwear for women and men. Kaimana in Hawaiian means “the power of the ocean,” and with different patterns and styles, you will be sure to have the most powerful swimsuit on the beach. The company’s products are 100 percent created and designed in Hawaii and each suit is cut and sewn by hand.

Towel

Just Beach Towels surprisingly makes…. just beach towels! The Tampa, Fla.-based company’s Made in USA collection includes a variety of patterns, including stripes, polka dots, chevron and more. There’s a towel for everyone —and you will have the cutest towel on the coast. 

Bag

Cross Canvas Company has manufactured all types of bags since it was founded in 1986 in North Carolina. The company’s beach bag collection includes a variety of options, from insulated bags to some with mesh pockets or drawstrings. Each bag also has a variety of color options. The company also sells its bags in bulk, a fun option if you are looking for a fun party favor or are in the market for summer SWAG.

Skipper Bags

Skipper Bags are as about beachy as you can get! The Maryland company makes tote bags and cross body bags with a wide range of color combinations and designs. The base of the tote comes in navy blue, white or teal and you can select which design you would like ranging from anchors, starfish, palm trees, pineapples, mermaids, and more!  The tote is designed to be easy to travel with, making it perfect for a beach getaway.

Flip Flops

You cannot go the beach without flip flops, and you can likely find a pair from Georgia-based Okabashi at your local drug store. Okabashi has been family operated for over 30 years, and focuses on true protection and support for your feet, handcrafting sandals and flip flops for women and men of all different styles and materials. 

Found at J.Crew, Fred Segal, Lord & Taylor, and more than 70 independent boutiques around the country, you will be sure to fall in love with Tidal Flip Flops. Made with state-of-the-art technology and a range of patterns and colors, there is a pair of Tidal Flip Flops for everyone.  Tidal promises long-lasting, super comfy flip flops that are Made in America.

Sunscreen

Trust the bum! Sun Bum, which operates out of Cocoa Beach, Fla., creates multiple products for days at the beach. The company’s product line ranges from sunscreen, after sun care, tanning needs, special face sunscreen, protective lip balm, and baby sun care all to protect your skin from the sun. Sun Bum’s original sunscreen comes in different ranges of UV protection, is water resistant, and of course, is Made in the USA. 

J. Martasand's KISS | Crystal Horizon + Mirrored glasses

Sunglasses

With a variety of styles, frame shapes, lens colors, and more, you can find any style of sunglasses at J. Martasand. The company creates handmade sunglasses for men and women, with styles that look trendy from coast to coast, and everything is handcrafted in the United States. 

Chair

Operating in Granville, N.Y., Telescope Casual Furniture has expanded its products from beds to beach chairs! Founded in 1903, the family-owned company focuses on quality, design, comfort, and selection.  Telescope’s line of beach and pool chairs makes it easy to find an American-made chair with a large color and pattern selection for your day by the sea.

Cooler

ORCA’s mission is to make the coolest products for an outdoor lifestyle. Whether you are hiking or relaxing at the beach, ORCA wants to ensure you have the coldest drinks wherever you are.  Manufactured in the United States, ORCA creates a variety of coolers —even backpack coolers! — that come in many styles and sizes. 

Green Toys via Instagram

Games

Enjoy paddleball?  Try out Raketes, a beach game that originated in Greece and is just like paddle ball —and the best part is you do not need a net to play!  Made in the United States using luxury wood, the gear from Raketes ensures you can hit the ball back and forth for hours. 

Toys

Manufactured in both Michigan and Mississippi, American Plastic Toys makes a wide range of toys for children. The company offers buckets, shovels, sifters, rakes, and even toys that help you build the best sandcastle! The toys are also easy to find, sold at retailers like Walmart, Toys"R"Us, and on Target’s website. 

Creating toys that are fun and safe for children, Green Toys makes toys that are perfect to play with in the ocean and in the sand.  From boats, rakes and buckets, and wagons, every child will be amused by Green Toys. Each toy is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and is environmentally friendly.   

Did we miss anything? Email elizabethbb@aamfg.org with your suggestions.