Wawa Welcome America

Wawa Welcome America: People Line Up for Wawa Hoagie Day

Day 11 of the 16-day Wawa Welcome America festival brought iconic sandwiches and time to explore more history for free on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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We hope you were hungry for one of the all-time favorite events of Wawa Welcome America festivities -- Wawa Hoagie Day.

The Wawa Welcome America Festival continued with free fun on Wednesday, June 29. You got to enjoy a free hoagie and explored history at the National Constitution Center for free courtesy of Wawa.

Wawa Hoagie Day

People came out to Independence Mall in Old City at noon (or earlier) to grab a free Wawa Hoagie as part of the fan-favorite Wawa Hoagie Day.

About eight tons of hoagies -- that amounts to about 30,000 Shortis -- were to be served, with the Wawa Turkey Hoagie as the signature sandwich. It took around 150 volunteers all morning to build all that tastiness.

Wally the Goose and Wawa senior manager of media relations, Lori Bruce, join Philly Live's Aunyea Lachelle to talk about the tons of hoagies being given out for free to the community for Wawa Hoagie Day on Wednesday as part of the Wawa Welcome America festival. Bruce tells us it is not just about the hoagies, but about honoring those who serve and our local heroes.

Of those hoagies, 10,000 went to charities Philabundance, Police Athletic League and the Veterans Services Center. The other 20,000 hoagies were served to the public.

Kids wave American flags while in line for free Wawa hoagies
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Kids wave American flags while in line for free Wawa hoagies.

There was a block party set-up for the event and people were already lined up before noon.

The Six String Soldiers of The United States Army String Band entertained folks.

More than 960 Wawa locations joined in on the Wawa Hoagie Day celebration in their communities. Stores donated thousands of hoagies to first responders and community heroes serving their neighborhoods, Wawa said.

Free Museum Day at National Constitution Center (Courtesy of Wawa)

While down in the Independence Mall area, people headed over to the National Constitution Center for free admission courtesy of Wawa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Constitution Center held it's free museum day as part of Wawa Welcome America's lead up to Independence Day. NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke with families that are using this day to learn more about the Constitution and how it affects lives today.

There was a wide range of patriotic festivities to get in on, including the interactive Independence Day Show, Road to Freedom Show and family fun activities out on the front lawn.

People were encouraged to reserve free tickets before coming out to enjoy the event on the 29th.

Full Details on Wawa Welcome America Day 11 Festivities:

Wawa Hoagie Day

When: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on June 29 (Hoagies served at 12 p.m.)

Where: 5th & 6th Streets at Independence Mall

 Philadelphia, PA 19106

Free Admission to National Constitution Center

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 29

Where: National Constitution Center

525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

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