Life, liberty and the pursuit of hoagies wasn’t exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they signed the Declaration of Independence, and kick-started the American Revolution. But thanks to their visionary leadership, and heroic sacrifices, we are all free to stuff our fat faces full of delicious deli meats, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and assorted condiments until our hearts are content. Unless, of course, you’re Mitt Romney and can’t think outside the realm of subs. In honor of this great nation’s founders and those who’ve risked life and limb defending it, Wawa is hauling a four-and-a-half ton hoagie up to Independence Mall this afternoon for its annual Hoagie Day festivities, which is part of the larger Wawa Welcome America celebration taking place this week and next.
According to the convenience store chain’s reps, construction of the herculean hoagie required the help of more than 200 of its employees. From noon until 2 p.m. today they will be serving up portions of it for free. This year’s Hoagie Day also serves as a tribute to the men and women serving in the military, and will feature a performance by the Liberty Belles, the official USO Show Troupe, and offer folks the opportunity to check out a “letters from home” station, where they can write down their thoughts and thanks to share with U.S. troops. There will also be a hoagie building contest with officers from Philadelphia’s police force, firefighters, and members from each branch of the military competing.