Mayor’s Fourth of July Essay Contest for Coastal Bend 5th – 7th Graders

2021 Essay Contest

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi Mayor’s 44th annual Fourth of July Big Bang Celebration is hosting an essay contest for 5th through 7th graders. Each student submitting an essay will receive four tickets to a Corpus Christi Hooks game.

The winner must attend a City Council meeting in June where he or she will read a portion of the essay, receive recognition and an award. They will be invited to the Mayor’s VIP Fireworks Viewing Party and receive a Kindle Fire HD donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Corpus Christi Chapter. They will attend a special luncheon with the DAR Chapter in September 2021.

The second-place winner will receive a membership for two (winner and one parent) to the Texas State Aquarium. The third-place winner will receive a one-year family membership for the Lexington Museum on the Bay.

Below are the essay requirements:

Essay Prompt: Reflecting on the history and deeper meaning of the 4th of July is important. It is also fun to remember the wonderful ways our nation celebrates.

What does the Fourth of July mean to you?

Length Requirements: 600–1,000 words

Cover Page Should Include: Full name, school, grade, teacher’s contact information, student, and parent contact information (including email address, street address and phone number).

Final Essay Due: Friday June 18, 2020

Essays submitted by email should be in Word or PDF format and should be sent to Please make sure the subject line includes the following: Attention Connie Paddock, Patriotism and Education Chairperson. Mailed submissions can be sent to the Mayor’s Office at 1201 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 826-3100 or by email at