Why? Because America, that’s why.
The Wawa Welcome America events have been trickling out for a few days now, but today is the first day we really pay attention. Today, ladies and gents, is the day you can feast your eyes and your stomach on the behemoth we have all unleashed, the hero Philadelphia deserves, the 4.5 ton hoagie. Beginning at noon on the Independence Visitor Center Lawn around 5th and Chestnut, you can watch Philadelphia police officers, firefighters and branches of the military compete in a hoagie-building contest to benefit local charities; visit the “letters from home” station and write letters to the troops; and enjoy a free concert from the official USO Troupe, the Liberty Bells. Oh, and the giant sandwich will be there, because who doesn’t love a Wawas?
In addition, there is some morning fun for the kids at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse and a screening of Rocky on the Art Museum steps at 9 PM. We’re boycotting that last event until someone finally produces the Rocky IV musical that needs to happen. So Welcome America, and please … don’t judge us.