The Philadelphia area is preparing for one of the most festive weeks of the year: Wawa Welcome America, which features 50 free events that will take place from June 28 through July 4, writes Bethany Ao for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The week-long celebration will feature everything the city and its surrounding suburbs love, including hoagies, concerts, fireworks shows, and free admission to museums featuring programs on the history behind the founding of our nation.
“This year’s festival is a collective vision of the city,” said Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino. “It combines the waterfront, the downtown area, and Valley Forge.”
The festival will start with an annual favorite event — Wawa Hoagie Day at the National Constitution Center. The 26th annual Hoagie Day will have a seven-ton hoagie salute, a hoagie-building competition between police and firefighters, and, 27,000 free Wawa hoagies.
On the Fourth of July, the City of Philadelphia will honor the Philly Pops for its 40-year history before a parade with 4,000 marchers, floats, and celebrities.
“Wawa Welcome America is about fun,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “But it’s also about promoting education and community engagement.”
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