HARVARD -- Just in time for the warmer weather, the 2013 Harvard Fourth of July T-shirt is now on sale. Proceeds finance the town's two-day Independence Day celebration.

T-shirts can be purchased from Fourth of July Committee member Pam Brown at Pam.Brown@CommunitySoftwareGroup.com or 978-456-7334.

T-shirts will soon be sold at the transfer station. This Saturday, the shirts will be on sale at annual Town Meeting, which is due to last several hours starting at 9 a.m. in the Bromfield School gymnasium.

The town's Fourth of July celebration is volunteer-run and is not taxpayer financed. The Harvard Fourth of July Committee depends heavily on T-shirt sales to run this excellent community tradition.

The T-shirt pricing holds firm from last year: $16 kids, $18 adults, and $22 long sleeve. Adult crew or "classic" neck T-shirts come in red, navy and light-blue solid colors, and in a vibrant red, white and blue spiral tie-dye background. Children's sizes are exclusively in tie-dye. There are tailored women's v-neck T-shirts that come in two colors -- turquoise blue or heather gray.

This year's throwback design is a tip of the hat to this year's theme: an "Old Fashioned Fourth of July." The T-shirt logos were designed by Bromfield students Meaghan Mitchell (seventh grade) and Rebecca Kasabian (senior). The girls will ride as honored guests in this year's Fourth of July parade.

On the front of the T-shirt is a classic car design.


On the back is an "old-timer" sporting wire-rimmed glasses, a top-hat and an extra large moustache. He's sure to set you in the mood for Harvard's classic family Fourth of July events.

This year, the Harvard Fourth of July Committee plans fireworks and band concerts on Wednesday night, July 3. The traditional Fourth of July parade is scheduled for Thursday, July 4.

Volunteers are needed to help in all aspects of the two-day event. To keep abreast of this year's preparations, like the "Town of Harvard Fourth of July Celebration" on Facebook. One more benefit of owning and wearing the T-shirt -- half price parking for the fireworks show ($10 instead of $20 per carload for any car with a person inside wearing the 2013 design).

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