We’re continuing our Summertime Fun All Summer Long series this week with hot dogs! Why? Because this year’s National Hot Dog Day is on July 17th!
National Hot Dog Day
Unlike National Ice Cream Month, National Hot Dog Day wasn’t established by a US president. Instead, National Hot Dog Day was created by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, a council started in 1994 by the American Meat Institute as a resource for consumers and media.
And while National Ice Cream Day is always on the third Sunday of every July, National Hot Dog Day can change from year to year—all we know is that the day is sometime in July. Although this year’s National Hot Dog Day is on July 17th, the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest that takes place in Coney Island, New York, every July 4th has already declared its winners. On the men’s side of the competition, competitive eater Joey Chestnut, the reigning champion of the contest, took home another championship title by eating seventy-one hot dogs and buns. On the women’s side, Miki Sudo ate thirty-one hot dogs and buns and took home her sixth consecutive title. Note: Please don’t try this at home—these competitive eaters are professionals!
Interesting Fact: According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the most loved condiment for a hot dog is still mustard. Ketchup came in a close second, but the punch of flavor from mustard is what people think goes best with hot dogs.