As National Root Beer Float Day approaches, we want to honor our company's roots by continuing to provide support in the homecoming of our service members. So we ask you to join us on August 6th as we celebrate National Root Beer Float Day at A&W Restaurants across the U.S.
Stop in to your local A&W anytime between 2 p.m. and store closing (times will vary) for a FREE small A&W Root Beer Float*. As a part of the celebration, we will be collecting donations to honor and empower wounded warriors across the country through Wounded Warrior Project.donate now
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving injured veterans for their lifetime. The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP currently serves 50,000 warriors and nearly 7,000 family members through its unique 20 programs and services. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to mee their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
It all started with a tiny Root Beer Stand. Entrepreneur Roy W. Allen set up shop on the streets of Lodi, California, offering a brand new creamy and refreshing drink served in a frosty mug. It was a hot June day, and Allen thought his concoction would be perfect accompaniment for the parade honoring the return of the World War I veterans. His Root Beer was a hit - a unique and tasty, fresh-made blend of herbs, spices, barks, and berries that has remained a symbol of celebration, innocence and camaraderie ever since.
Only a few years later, after establishing other permanent Root Beer Stands, Allen partnered with Frank Wright, an employee of his at the time. With the "A&W" name in place, the two began franchising their concept (with the addition of a food menu), becoming America's first franchised restaurant chain. The chain continued to grow over the next several decades, expanding throughout the west and midwest.
Throughout World War II, the A&W franchise remained successful despite a government sugar ration and shortage of employees. But after the war, A&W® Restaurants really flourished. Returning WWII veterans, with the aid of G.I. Bill loans began franchising their own A&W Restaurants, helping to triple the number of restaurants across the country. These veterans were crucial in the growth and success of the restaurant chain, as many of these original franchises continue to operate today.