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Harvard planning a blowout for its 275th Fourth of July

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I wanted to share with all town members how excited I am that this year Harvard turns 275! Harvard turns 275 on June 29, so it is fitting that just a few days later we start our Fourth of July celebration. Since there is no town 275th Committee, the Fourth of July committee members and volunteers are hard at work to ensure we can celebrate Harvard’s 275th in style. We have a fabulous Web site linked to the town of Harvard’s that you can view 24/7 for information, times, and contacts at harvard.ma.us/fourthofjuly.htm.

Many thanks to our Webmaster, Joan Eliyesil, and town selectmen’s assistant Valeska Ross for keeping it updated and looking great. Check it out — it changes weekly!

The fireworks and lawn party this year will be on Saturday, June 30. Plan now to bring a blanket for 6 p.m., enjoy grilled food cooked up by the Harvard-Ayer Rotary, enjoy the music of three town bands, and wait until dusk to see extra spectacular fireworks to celebrate Harvard’s 275th birthday. The Fourth of July Committee members will be selling T-shirts, including T-shirts from years past, glow necklaces, and dazzling light wands with all proceeds directly funding the cost of the fireworks and Fourth of July celebration.

The Fourth of July is a busy day, starting with the annual road race, parade, field events, food by the Harvard Lions, beach events, and this year the Fruitlands Museum is open for picnics and hot air balloon rides from 4-8 p.m.

It is my hope that all of the Harvard residents will come and join us. This year, we have also decided to have a rain date of July 7 for all activities, with the exception of the road race (July 4, rain or shine), beach events, and the Fruitlands event.

Please remember to check out the Web site, contact me via e-mail at kathrynfarrell@verizon.net or leave a message on my home phone, (978) 456-8577 if you have any questions or wish to volunteer.

KATHY FARRELL

2007 Fourth of July Committee

Harvard

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