National Hot Dog Day - July 23

National Hot Dog Day – July 23


The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July as Hot Dog Month ( ).  In conjunction with that, July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day.

Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year.

National Hot Dog day is actually the third Wednesday of July (except when Wednesday falls on July 1st, then it is held on the 4th Wednesday).  “One year, the event was held on July 23 and now everyone thinks that’s the date of National Hot Dog Day,” states Janet Riley, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Whether they are grilled, boiled, broiled, pan-fried, rotisserie cooked, cooked on a stick over a campfire or any other way, hot dogs are a favorite summertime staple.  They are loved by children and adults alike plain or garnished with one or a combination of mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, bacon, chili, or sauerkraut.

On May 31, 2012,  World record for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California.  The “California Capitol City Dawg” features:

  • A grilled 18″ all-beef, in natural casing frank from Chicago
  • served on a fresh-baked herb and oil focaccia roll spread with white truffle butter, then grilled
  • topped with whole grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise
  • sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup
  • marinated/fruit-wood smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire
  • chopped tomatoes, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped tomato
  • expensive moose cheese from Sweden
  • basil olive oil/pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic-vinaigrette and ground peppercorn
  • Proceeds from the sale of each 3 lb. super dog are donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually.


Have a hot dog and post on social media using #NationalHotDogDay to encourage others to join in.


The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  The first National Hot Dog Day was established in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on the 3rd Wednesday in July.


7 Responses to “NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY – July 23”

  1. corning March 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    This is my birthday and I don’t even like hot dogs how weird


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