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Roots, John Mayer, giant hoagie coming for July 4

This Independence Day, celebrate the freedom to eat as big a hoagie as you want.

EVER BEEN SO HUNGRY you thought you could eat a ton?

Then grab three and a half friends and come to Wawa Hoagie Day on July 2 at the Independence Visitor Center, because there will be a free 4.5-ton hoagie.

Yes, that's 9,000 pounds of Italian meats, convenience-store cheese and Philly sammich fixins. And yes, both Mayor Nutter and Michelle Obama will give you free passes on your weight-loss regimens that day.

This monster of all hoagies is part of Philly's 20th annual Welcome America July 4th festival, a weeklong affair that will feature music from John Mayer, J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato - and, of course, the Roots.

Mayor Nutter, joined by Black Thought and Questlove of the Roots, announced the lineup at a news event yesterday in the Vista Room of the 1717 Arch St. building, which overlooks the Ben Franklin Parkway, where thousands will gather on the Fourth.

Activities include outdoor screenings of Philly flicks "Silver Linings Playbook" (July 1, Rittenhouse Square) and "Rocky" (July 2, Art Museum), a Philly Pops performance (July 3, Independence Hall) and the Taste of Philadelphia festival (July 5-7, Penn's Landing).

The 4th of July Jam, featuring the musical artists listed above and fireworks, will be held 7 to 10 p.m., Independence Day on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Organizers call it the largest free concert in the country.

Nutter said this year's celebration of freedom promises to be a special one, because it is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.

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