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National Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog Day

When we think of summer, hot dogs come to mind almost immediately. It’s just part of the overall experience. A summer day at the amusement park or at a baseball stadium pairs nicely with a hot dog (or tofu dog, for those of you who prefer a meatless version). Hot dogs don’t have to be made with meat, and anyone can enjoy the age-old American favorite food any time of year. Sure, hot dogs can be purchased and enjoyed at any time of the year, however, July 19 is absolutely the day we hold them in the highest regard.


You should know some solid trivia about hot dogs, including knowing that the term itself was derived in the 19th century, at a time when German immigrants brought their own culinary traditions with them to the new world. It’s believed they brought to New York America’s first hot dogs, originally referred to as a dachshund sausage — for their long shape that resembled the beloved dachshund pups. Around 1870, Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, began to sell hot dogs out of a stand on Coney Island. He sold over 3,600 frankfurters in a bun that year alone.

While we cannot be completely sure how or even when National Hot Dog Day was created, we do know that the day was created as a nod to National Hot Dog Month in July by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council to highlight this fan-favorite. Hot dogs became a household name in the late 19th century when casual food lover and baseball team owner of the St. Louis Browns — better known to some as the Baltimore Orioles — Chris Von de Ahe brought the two together at his own amusement park.

Celebrating this day is fairly straightforward — just make your hot dog your way, and enjoy it however you’d like! Honestly, in the Dog Days of Summer, who doesn’t like a hot dog with all their favorite fixings?

Some take hot dogs beyond food form. There are also Weiner dog races and other relative, inclusive festivals to consider. We very strongly encourage you to indulge away!


1.Have your hotdog your way

There are plenty of ways to enjoy a good hot dog. Seriously, the only rule of the day is to make your favorite hot dog your way, as many times as you like. That means, you can have beef, turkey, or tofu, with mustard, relish, and ketchup. Grill it, boil it, or put it in the microwave. Outside feedback or input isn’t required…your preferences dictate your enjoyment.

2.Hot dog parties are a thing

Did you know that you can celebrate National Hot Dog Day with a party? Yes, it is true. Throw a festival or a small-level soiree with your favorite hot dog. You already know that we like a good party, so throwing one in honor of our favorite foods is an idea we absolutely endorse.

3.Get a ballpark frank

Hot dogs have long been paired with baseball games. So, if you find yourself in a baseball stadium that day, we’d strongly encourage you to enjoy one with the game.


A. They are a testament to American innovation

While the deep origins of the hot dog can be traced back to either Frankfurt or Vienna (we’ll let them slog it out for the title of the true originator), the American hot dog dates back to the 1860s, when German immigrants started selling them from stands in New York City. Splash of ketchup here, a little bit of mustard there, and you’ve got the birth of the American hot dog.

B. They offer an endless variety

In the mood for an all-beef Chicago dog loaded with toppings on a poppy seed roll? Or are you more of a Texa Chili Dog kind of person? Perhaps the basic, original New York dog is all you’re looking for. Regardless, wherever you are in the country, you can try a unique variation on this once-German/Austrian (whoever you want to believe) tradition.

C. Anyone can cook a great hot dog

If you need a quick and easy meal this summer, look no further. Boil them, grill them, heck, eat ’em cold as long as they’re pre-cooked. It’s the simplicity and affordability that makes them such a great summer snack. Who wants to stress over what to cook anyway?


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