2.2 Miles of Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day Told in Pictures

It's one of the most anticipated and certainly the tastiest event each year for Wawa Welcome America! This year, we decided to tell the Hoagie Fest story in pictures!

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People participate in the Wawa Welcome America Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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People line up for a free Italian hoagie during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Members of the USO Show Troupe joined in a salute to our military men and women, firefighters and police officers. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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The annual event is also a chance for people to get together during the eight days of Wawa Welcome America! festivities. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Wawa employees posed for a photo before the start of the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Wawa employees waiting to distribute free Tastykakes. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Reenactors pose for a photograph during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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A reenactor portraying Gen. George Washington speaks with tourists from Boston during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Wawa employees carry boxes of Italian hoagies to serve up. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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They built more than 5 tons of Wawa hoagies for this year's event. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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And if you stretched them out end-to-end, guess how long that 5+ tons would stretch? (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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They'd stretch 2.2 miles! That's a whole lot of Wawa hoagies!
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Children enjoying their free Italian hoagies during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Wawa employees toss hats to the crowd during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Selfies are always fun at Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and Pennsylvania Army National Guard compete in a hoagie building competition during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and Pennsylvania Army National Guard compete in a hoagie building competition during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Chef Robert Irvine inspects hoagies as members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and Pennsylvania Army National Guard compete in a hoagie building competition during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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People participating in the Wawa Welcome America Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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People eating on the lawn of Independence Mall during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Jim Simmons eats a free Italian hoagie during the Wawa Welcome America! Hoagie Day event, Thursday June 30, 2016, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. (NBC10 | Joseph Kaczmarek)
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