Christmas in July: Happy National Hot Dog Day


It’s National Hot Dog Day. Although it might only be recognized by some, this day becomes more and more popular each year. What’s the fuss about National Hot Dog Day, you might ask?

There is no clear origin of the supposed holiday–but come on–why would we miss an opportunity to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year?

Every July 23,  joints across the country offer $1 dogs, half-off deals and other specials as we celebrate our love for one of America’s favorite foods. In light of the theme, we leave you with some interesting tidbits on the beloved hot dog.

Hot Dog Origin

Experts have yet to agree on exactly how, when and where the hot dog was created. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council believes that it’s likely the North American hot dog that we all know and love was brought here by a variety of European butchers.

Legend has it that the term hot dog was coined in 1902 at the New York Polo Grounds where vendors were selling hot dogs from portable hot water tanks, shouting “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” When reporting on this observation, Tad Dorgan, a New York Journal cartoonist, was unsure how to spell dachshund—so instead, wrote “hot dog.” The term has stuck ever since!

Hot Dog Etiquette

Yes, there’s apparently such a thing. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, these few tips should be noted:

  • You must place toppings directly on the dog, not on the bun.
  • Ketchup is not accepted after the age of 18 (that’s unfortunate). Stick to onions, chili, relish and more unique choices.
  • It should not take more than five bites to finish a hot dog, however seven bites are acceptable for foot-long wieners.

Hot Dog Sales

  • Ballparks in the United States are expected to sell over 20 million hot dogs this season. Check out the breakdown of the most famous parks:

  • One billion packages of hot dogs were sold at retail stores in 2013
  • Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day
  • Los Angeles residents eat more hot dogs than any other city (40 million)

What’s your style?

Although the hot dog is loved the same nation-wide, a few cities have claimed their own toppings and flare according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

  • New York: Spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut or onions
  • Kansas City: Melted cheese, caraway, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing
  • Atlanta: Coleslaw
  • Chicago: Tomato, pickle spears, hot peppers, sweet onion and green relish
  • Detroit: Beefy chili, shredded cheddar cheese and raw onion
  • San Francisco: Caraway-flecked mayonnaise, pickles, shallots, tomatoes and shredded lettuce
  • Tucson and Phoenix: Wrapped in bacon, topped with pinto beans, onion, mustard, mayo and chopped onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos
  • Milwaukee: Butter, spicy mustard, sweet pickles and sauerkraut
  • Newark: Peppers, onions and fried potatoes
  • Dallas: Corn dog

Looking for your Sahlen’s hot dog fix today?

Our home base is in Western New York, but we’re expanding our presence across the country. Check out some of these locations so you can fully enjoy National Hot Dog Day:

And special thanks to our fans who have been showing their Sahlen’s love today–like this little one, who can’t get enough of JJ’s!



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