Boxes of t-shirts arrived at the home of Pam Brown last week, fresh from the printers. On Thursday, a cadre of volunteers helped fold the shirts to get
Boxes of t-shirts arrived at the home of Pam Brown last week, fresh from the printers. On Thursday, a cadre of volunteers helped fold the shirts to get ready for 4th of July t-shirt sales. In the foreground is Karen Johnson-Taylor. In the background are fellow volunteers Andrea Pelak, left, and right is Ruth LovettSmith. (Nashoba Publishing photo/Mary Arata)

HARVARD - Just in time for the warmer weather - the 2013 Harvard 4th of July t-shirt is now on sale. Proceeds finance the town's two-day Independence Day celebration.

T-shirts 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 4th of July celebration is volunteer run and is not taxpayer financed. The Harvard 4th of July Committee depends heavily on t-shirt sales to run this excellent community tradition.

The backs of all the shirts are dominated by the  Old Timer  who sports a top hat, mustache and wire-rimmed glasses.
The backs of all the shirts are dominated by the Old Timer who sports a top hat, mustache and wire-rimmed glasses. (Nashoba Publishing photo/Mary Arata)

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 sizes are exclusively in tie-dye. There are tailored women's v-neck t-shirts come in two colors - turquoise blue or heather gray.

This year's throw back design is a tip-of-the-hat to this year's theme - an "Old Fashioned 4th of July." The t-shirt logos were designed by Bromfield students Meaghan Mitchell (seventh grade) and Rebecca Kasabian (a 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.


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On the back is an 'old-timer' sporting wire-rimmed glasses, a top-hat and an extra large mustache. He's sure to set you in the mood for Harvard's classic family 4th of July events.

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

Volunteers are needed to help in all aspects of the two-day event.

And for those who love color, this year’s tie-dye offering is a vibrant red, white and blue spiral design.
And for those who love color, this year's tie-dye offering is a vibrant red, white and blue spiral design. (Nashoba Publishing photo/Mary Arata)
To keep abreast of this year's preparations, "Like" the "Town of Harvard 4th of July Celebration" on Facebook.

One more benefit of owning and wearing the 2013 Harvard 4th of July 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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