They say the best things in life are free. Such as hugs from your best friend, lucky pennies on the street, or, you know, a gigantic Wawa hoagie. Since all the freedom-fighting that comes along with Fourth of July is bound to make you hungry, it's a good thing that there are many free food events in Philadelphia to curb your appetite. From sweet to savory to simply boozy, here's a round-up of the food and drink deals you don't want to miss this holiday.
Wawa Hoagie Day: Seven tons of juicy meat, cheeses, veggies, and bun — let's just say that diet starts tomorrow (or in a week, after the entirety of Fourth of July celebrations come to a close). This extra-large free food event is from noon to 2 p.m. on the center lawn of Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.).
Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets: A childhood favorite, free Tastykake treats will be distributed at multiple events preceding the Fourth of July. These include all five Philly @ the Movies' events from Thursday to Monday at various locations, the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Tuesday, and at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Fourth.
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Plus, clearly a crowd favorite, Tastykakes will be thrown from the towers of Eastern State Penitentiary during Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday, July 14.
Mr. Softee Ice Cream: Popping up at Mifflin Park (Mifflin Square, Wolf and S. Fifth streets.) on Friday is a celebration of community and culture centered on what it means to be "Philadelphian." This inclusive, cross-cultural event features performances by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and a martial arts demonstration from Zhang Sah Martial Arts, food trucks, and a Kids' Zone, among other attractions.
Oh, and there's free ice-cream.
Red, White, and Blue Happy Hours: Not totally free (but then again, what is), these Independence Day dedicated happy hours cut down on the price — and the guilt — of indulging in your 5 p.m. cocktail. Participating bars around the city are offering cocktail, wine, and beer deals on Friday and Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wawa Iced Tea and Lemonade: Not the fanciest of beverage options, but none-the-less necessary hydration, will be offered to marchers and spectators at the Independence Day Parade starting from Fifth and Market streets.
Wawa Smoothies: A Wawa Smoothie Shack, set up at the Historic Philadelphia Block (Independence Mall, Fifth and Sixth streets between Chestnut and Market streets.) will be serving free four-ounce samples of mango and strawberry smoothies to visitors. The block party will celebrate the reopening of the Bourse and will feature stilt walkers, stage performances, food trucks, a beer garden, and other free samples from vendors.