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Wawa Hoagie Day

Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 4.5 tons of hoagies

Wawa Hoagie Day

The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day. Credit: Wawa Welcome America


July 2, 2014


One of the tastier events taking place during Wawa Welcome America!, Wawa Hoagie Day features a whopping 5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy visitors.

Hungry Philadelphians and tourists are invited to the lawn outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall to enjoy a free hoagie, courtesy of Wawa.

The event serves as part of Wawa’s salute to the members of the military and our fire and police departments.

Wawa and hoagie Exhibits

Before or after you’ve had your full of a free hoagie, head to the National Constitution Center for a number of special exhibits and programs related to Philadelphia’s official sandwich, including:

  • History of the Hoagie Exhibit: Step into history as you explore the story of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved companies at this one-day-only exhibition.
  • Wawa: History of an American Company: Take a journey through Philadelphia’s industrial history, and learn how Wawa went from a small dairy to the iconic area business it is today. Plus, discover the hoagie got its name.
  • What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show: This program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names — sub, hero, grinder, etc. — that people use for it.

In addition to free food and entertainment, the National Constitution Center will be offering free admission all-day, courtesy of Wawa.


The first Wawa Hoagie Day was commemorated with a free, 500-foot hoagie at City Hall in 1992. On that day, then-Mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed the hoagie the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia.”

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Independence Visitor Center Lawn
1 N. Independence Mall West

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