April 11, 2017
Wawa Day is on Thursday, and Philadelphia is getting quite the special celebration.
In addition to giving away free coffee chain-wide as it has in the past to commemorate the store's first opening in Folsom, Pennsylvania, in April 1964, Wawa will host Wawa Day at six in-store locations – one in every state in which it operates.
Pennsylvania's celebration will happen at the company's Center City location at 19th and Market streets, where Wawa will "announce the locations of the next Philadelphia stores to open" for the first time and is set to unveil the renderings of new Center City Wawa stores, according to a news release.
The company will also make a "special announcement" about Wawa Welcome America, a series of events happening from June 29 to July 4 in Philadelphia to celebrate Independence Day.
Mayor Jim Kenney, Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens and many others are set to kick off the Philadelphia celebration Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
Wawa plans on giving away 2 million any-size coffees at its locations and will give checks to grant recipients across the state.
Aside from the first store opening, Wawa Day also celebrates the third anniversary of the Wawa Foundation, the company's nonprofit that has a goal of giving away $50 million by 2018 to charitable organizations.
The Wawa at 19th and Market streets opened in December, while the store at Broad and Walnut streets opened in September 2015.