July 4th Essay Contest: ages 8 – 12 years. Compete to win Patriotic T-shirts for the whole family to wear this Independence Day. Write an essay about 4th of July. Include when fireworks were first used, what Thomas Jefferson wrote to Weightman in 1826 when Independence Day was established as a federal holiday and how you celebrate this day. Entries must be received by June 21 to [email protected] Include name and telephone number.