National Hot Dog Day

Next Wednesday, 17 July 2024

They say you can't buy happiness, but you can buy a hot dog and that's basically the same thing. 

Get your sauces and buns ready as it's National Hot Dog Day! This day is celebrated on the third Wednesday in July every year.

July is also the National Hot Dog month! So fire up the grill and get ready to relish the taste of summer in every bite!

A man putting mustard sauce on a Hot Dog

Who Started National Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog and Sausage Council was the organization that started National Hot Dog Day.  It was back in 1991 when there was a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Since then, National Hot Dog Day has been celebrated every July. 

Why Is it Called Hot Dog

dachshunds and hot dogs

Yes, the name hot dogs originate from a dog breed called Dachshunds, also called sausage or wiener dogs. When the German immigrants arrived in USA, they brought their dachshunds along with them in the 1800s.

It is a common belief the word "hot dog" started as a joke referencing the dachshund's shape and the German sausages being sold by street vendors. 

Alternate Theory

It was American etymologist Barry Popik who found the use of the term 'hot dog' in 1895 while going over issues of the Yale record. 

At the time, it was a recurring joke that sausages were made from dog meat. This is why students started calling it hot dog. The joke was actually believed to be true by many and had a negative connotation. 

Popular Types of Hot Dogs

Chicago Style Hot Dog

As the name already suggests, Chicago-style hot dogs originate from Chicago. This mouth-watering hot dog is one of the most popular and widely consumed hot dogs in America.
Chicago Hot Dog

It consists of beef encompassed by a poppy seed bun. The beef is topped with sprinkles of peppers, tomato, pickle, and mustard, giving you the ultimate flavor burst in your mouth.

Sonoran Hot Dog

Originally from Mexico, the Sonoran hot dog has become a people's favorite in the US. The star of the show is a hot dog wrapped in crispy bacon so get ready for a smoky, salty taste.

Sonoran Hot Dog
Sonoran Hot Dog, PC: Alyson Hurt, CC 2.0, unedited

Sonoran hot dog is neatly enclosed in a fluffy white bolillo roll, softer than a regular hot dog bun. If you have not yet tried this hot dog out, you are definitely missing out!

Tijuana Dogs

Also known as danger dog, Tijuana hot dogs are a delicious type of hot hog that is wrapped in a  delicious bacon. Usually, it is either deep-fried or grilled. Top it off with onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, and creamy sauce.

Tijuana Hot Dog

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Also called Coney dog or simply Coney, this is a classic American hot dog. However, Coney Island hot dogs, despite their name, aren't actually from Coney Island in New York!

Coney Island Hot Dogs

They actually originated in Michigan in the early 20th century, thanks to Greek and Macedonian immigrants.

The Polish Boy

The Polish Boy is a staple and high-rated hot dog that originated in Cleveland, Ohio. Kielbasa, some coleslaw, barbeque sauce and fries is ensconced beautifully in a bun. 

The Polish Boy

National Hot Dog Day Deals

On National Hot Dog Day, many famous outlets offer lucrative deals that you just can't miss. This includes Burger King, Dog Haus, Hot Dog on a Stick, Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Love's Travel Stop, Philly Pretzel Factor, Pilot Flying J, 7-Eleven, Hy-Vee Gas, Kangaroo Express, Evos, Hop Dog, Nathan's Famous and many more.

Deals include free hot dogs, hot dogs priced at a minimal price during specific hours, buy 1 get 1, combo offers at a minimal price and many more. 

Some of these outlets also celebrate National Hot Dog month in July so these deals last the whole month so gear up!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

  • Have hot dogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner on National Hot Dog Day! 
  • It goes without saying that National Hot Dog Day will be incomplete without a hot dog eating competition. Gather all your friends and family members for a fun and light-hearted game to see who has the stomach to gulp down more hot dogs!
  • Customize your own hot dog on this day. Set up a variety of toppings, buns, and sauces and spreads and let everyone create their own masterpiece.
  • Share how you celebrated National Hot Dog with the rest of the word so that they can participate in this fun day as well. Use the hashtag #Nationalhotdogday. 

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