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Who is ready for National Sandwich Day 2017? On the heels of Halloween and a boatload of candy, a free sandwich could hit the spot. The sandwich has become an American classic over the years and nowadays you can’t drive far without seeing a different sandwich shop along the way. Well, if you love a good homemade sandwich, then you are in luck because the deals are worth looking into!

Why do we celebrate?

It seems like there's a national holiday for something every day of the year nowadays. On November 3, food lovers across the US can find great deals at some of the most popular deli and sandwich shops everywhere. So why the celebration? As legend has it, this holiday was created in honor of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, #John Montagu.

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Back in 1762, Montagu, a British statesman, got hungry during a game of cards. While he always loved to have pieces of beef and cheese while playing cards, this time he was in a marathon poker battle with friends and didn’t want to pause to eat.

The BBC indicates that the Earl asked for the particular serving so that he could eat while continuing to play cards and his friends asked "to have the same as Sandwich," according to the British Sandwich Association. Sandwich, meaning the meat was "smashed" between two pieces of bread - making the meat easier to hold.

Thus a legend was born.

Where to get the deals

Several restaurants will be celebrating the sandwich on Friday in honor of Montagu, and below is a list of a few of the best deals and freebies out there.

Arby's -- The roast beef king will give patrons a free roast beef sandwich to all customers who sign up for the Meat Mountain's newsletter.

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#Subway -- The popular sub chain may have the best deal going on Friday. All customers who buy a sandwich and a 30-ounce beverage will get a free sandwich of equal or lesser value for free. No coupons, no “buy today and get a free one next time.” It is cut and dry at Subway for this deal. Buy a sub and a drink and get a sub free. Then find a friend to share with!

Want another reason to choose Subway? For every sub and 30 oz. drink purchased, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. That’s a win-win. You get a free sub, and someone in need gets a meal.

Potbelly -- Purchase a pastrami sandwich and you'll get one free - if you sign up for, or are a member of the restaurant's rewards program.

Firehouse Subs -- The first 50 consumers at any Firehouse location on National Sandwich Day will receive a coupon for a free drink and chips on their next visit.

QuickChek -- It is a BOGO day at QuickChek! QuickChek is celebrating National Sandwich Day with a “Buy-One, Get-One” free offer on 6-inch subs. The only catch is you have to download the coupon from the QuickChek mobile app.

Lenny's Subs -- Lenny's will take $2 off any sub, any size, on National Sandwich Day. #National Sandwich Day 2017