Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall starting at noon. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police. The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.
Highlights of the day include:
History of the Hoagie Exhibit
10 a.m. –8 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Explore the story of one of Philadelphia most beloved companies.
Go 4th and Learn
10 a.m. –2 p.m., National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
A free, interactive series, Go 4th and Learn offers educational fun for the whole family during Wawa Welcome America! festival. Bonus: The first 200 children at Go 4th and Learn will receive a free book.
The Wawa Way Book Signing and Program
10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Join Wawa’s former CEO Howard Stoeckel and Bob Andelman for a lively talk about the history and business of Wawa. They will share stories about the last 50 years of Wawa’s growth, development, and expansion, drawing from Stoeckel’s recently released book, The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience. Each program will be followed by a book signing.
What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.; Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
This fun and engaging program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names “We the People” use for this sandwich. (Do you call it a sub? A hero? A grinder?).
Wawa: History of an American Company Show
12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Few foods are more loved in Philadelphia than the hoagie, and few companies are tied to Philadelphia’s history quite like Wawa! Take a journey through our city’s fascinating industrial history, and learn how the Wawa Company went from a small dairy to the iconic area business it is today. Plus, if you ever thought that “hoagie” is a funny word, you’ll have a chance to discover how this popular sandwich got its name.
Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours
Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.
Spirit of ’76 Cafe
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Independence Visitor Center Theatre (1 N Independence Mall W )
Is the ‘Spirit of ’76’ alive and well today? If so, where? Who are its torchbearers? What is the ‘Spirit of ’76,’ exactly? Is it a patriotic sentiment? Is it the continued struggle for greater freedoms, or for equality? Or can it all of those, plus something more? Join Christopher Phillips, the National Constitution Center’s Senior Education Fellow, and author of Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution, in a thoughtful and spirited discussion.
’60s and Civil Rights
10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Bank of American Family Theater at the National Constitution Center (5th & Arch Streets)
Dr. Ralph Young from Temple University will be discussing the definition of Liberty and Equality in the 1960s and some ground breaking legislation like 1964 Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.
Historic District Walking Tour: Equality in America
10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Join American Philosophical Society and discover Historic Philadelphia through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson. Learn about the history of Philadelphia, the people who lived and visited here, and the role that Philadelphia and Pennsylvania played in the transformation of equality in America.
Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)
Political philosopher Dr. Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of equality.
Women in Revolutionary America
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)
Join historian Sandra Lloyd to discover the important roles women played during revolutionary moments in our country’s history. This exciting, family-friendly program will give you the chance to hear stories about remarkable yet little-known women from the past. Some served as spies, a few outwitted the British army, and many stood up for freedom for all people.
Race and the Civil War
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Congress Hall (Chestnut Street at 6th Street)
Explore the Civil War from a different perspective in this fascinating gallery talk about racial equality during the Civil War era. Dr. Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College will use the Battle of Gettysburg to illustrate how emancipation and the recruitment of black soldiers into the Union army truly helped transform the conflict by 1863, while still leaving some critical issues regarding citizenship and equality painfully unresolved.