National Hot dog Day is celebrated each year on the third Wednesday in July.
The sun is out, you’re at the amusement park, and the rollercoaster is filling the air with the clack-clack-clack of wheels on rails. The scent of a thousand different fair foods fill the air, but one stands out above all the rest. It’s rich, it’s savory, it’s the smell of a thousand mysterious meat products put into one delicious sausage casing, broiled upon a flame grill, and sent out on a bun with all the fixings. Hot Dog Day celebrates this most delicious and tantalizing of treats, and its extensive history!
A lot of people are going to have fond memories of eating hot dogs. For some people, this reminds them of some of the fairs and fetes that they used to go to when they were younger. For others, it may remind them of the barbecues that they used to have with their families.
Or, maybe a hot dog is always your go-to snack when you go to a football or basketball game? There is no denying that hot dogs are tasty, yet we can’t eat them every day, as they’re not exactly bursting with nutrients. That’s why Hot Dog Day is the perfect excuse for you to indulge in this treat.
A hot dog is simply a steamed or grilled sausage sandwich whereby the sausage is typically served within a finger bun, which is partially sliced to fit the sausage inside. The sausage used is a frankfurter or a wiener, which is a Vienna sausage.
Hot dog condiments and preparation vary regionally. For example, some of the typical garnishes include olives, bacon, coleslaw, grated cheese, chili, jalapenos, sauerkraut, onions. Typical condiments include cheese sauce, relish, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
Given the Hot Dog Day is an international event, where it begins and who sponsors it tends to vary by region. In the USA it’s primarily the industry partners that participate in promoting it, whereas in other countries around the world it may be historical organizations celebrating the role it played in their history.
Did you know that the Frankfurter was named for the Germany city of Frankfurt, where it was said to originate? Well now you do! There’s even multiple varieties of Hot Dogs! The original hot dogs came in a natural casing, which in case you didn’t know were made from the small intestines of sheep. Intestines were regularly used for making all kinds of sausages, hotdogs included!
Then you have skinless hotdogs, in order to hold them together, they’re cooked in a cellulose casing that gets taken off when they get packaged. Since cellulose is kosher and cheaper than kosher intestine, this is often how the frankly (heh heh) delicious Kosher Hot Dogs are often made.
Hot Dog Day is celebrated all over, and if you’ve ever enjoyed a warm hot frank at a summer BBQ, then you’re no doubt celebrating too!
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAYS AROUND THE WORLD
|Sweden||Waffle Day||A chance for the Swedish to celebrate their beloved waffles.||March 25|
|New Zealand||National Chocolate Fish Day||That sacred day when New Zealanders eat a chocolate fish. Yep, it’s really a thing.||May 11|
|South Korea||Black Day||Black day is for single people in Korea and they celebrate by eating black noodles.||April 14|
|Germany||National Soup Day||As the winter begins to set in, our friends in Germany get warmed up with a bowl of soup.||November 19|
|Australia||National Marshmallow Day||A day for our Australian friends to enjoy some toasted marshmallows and a cup of hot cocoa.||May 18|
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY BY THE NUMBERS
7 billion – the estimated number of hot dogs consumed by Americans from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
150 million – the number of hot dogs consumed during the Fourth of July holiday.
20.4 million – the number of hot dogs eaten by baseball fans at major-league ballparks during the season.
350 million pounds – the amount of hot dogs purchased from retail stores by Americans.
20 billion – the number of hot dogs consumed by Americans in a year.
70 – the average number of hot dogs consumed per person each year in America.
95% – the percentage of homes in the United States that consume hot dogs.
15% – the percentage of hot dogs purchased from street vendors
9% – the percentage of hot dogs purchased at ballparks.
1900 – the year when the term ‘hot dog’ first appeared in print in “The Oxford English Dictionary.”
5 FACTS ABOUT HOT DOG DAY THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
7-Eleven Sells millions a year
In 2014 alone, 7-Eleven sold well over 60 million hot dogs in their store and in 2017, the store chain sold over 100 million hot dogs.
Condiments make a hot dog thrive
Of all the toppings you can add to a hot dog, mustard comes in first as the most popular hot dog condiment, followed by ketchup and chili, respectively.
Sports and hot dogs go together
Over 26 million hot dogs are sold annually at baseball stadiums in the United States, one of America’s favorite past times.
A street vendor favorite
From New York City, to Chicago, to Philadelphia, you can find a hot dog on most street corners.
On this summer holiday, over 155 million hot dogs are reportedly consumed.
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY DATES