National Hoagie Day – May 5, 2019

Sun May 5

Cinco de Hoagie?

Well, sort of. After all, we do celebrate National Hoagie Day on May 5. These monster sandwiches, filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings and sauces, come on a long Italian roll or French bread. Italian workers, who lived in a section of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, introduced the sandwich in 1953.

At least that’s one theory. 

This instant classic became known as the “Hog Island” sandwich — later shortened to hoagie. But that’s just one nickname. Read on to learn about other quite colorful names for this extremely popular treat.

National Hoagie Day Activities

  1. Build your own 

    Personalize your hoagie with an imaginative grocery list. Our personal fave? The slow-cooker meatball sub.

  2. Visit the motherland

    Philadelphia's the birthplace of America (sort of) and the home of more Liberty Bell trinkets than you can possibly imagine. You can build up quite an appetite in that town.

  3. Go veggie

    Even the meat's optional when you have this many choices.

Why We Love National Hoagie Day

  1. Nicknames

    Hoagie? That's fine in Philly. But it's a "hero" in New York City and a "grinder" in New England (unless you're in Boston where they call them "spukies"). That's short for spuccadella, which is an Italian roll. Confused? You can always just try "sub."

  2. Endless options

    A wide variety of ingredients means you could eat these for a long time and never have the same one twice.

  3. Hot or cold

    Some people prefer hot subs while others go for cold cuts. Whatever you prefer, the hoagie is built for preference, adding to its versatility as the perfect meal.