July 19th is more than just hump day, it is National Hot Dog day. Fire up your grills and get ready to eat, because there are exclusive places you can receive free hot dogs because of the holiday. The first Hot Dog Day was held in 1991.
The National Hot Dog Day and Sausage Council (yes, those are real things) choose a day once a year to celebrate the food, and the Council comes together to host an annual hot dog luncheon on Capitol Hill. July itself is National Hot Dog month, but today is an even better excuse to try your luck at a hot dog eating competition.
Here is a list of a few places to check out on this (not really) official US holiday -
Burger King: throughout the month of July participating BK locations are selling their classic grilled hot dogs for just 79 cents. They also offer a chili cheese hot dog.
Dog Haus: On Wednesday, you can get one free hot dog when you purchase another at full price.
Hot Dog on a Stick: If you prefer something other than a beef hot dog, you can get an original turkey dog for free on Wednesday. Every Tuesday during the month, you can also purchase a turkey dog for $1.
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: Although there is a limit two per customer, you can pick up your hot dog for just 99-cents.
Love's Travel Stop: Open this link, show the barcode to your server, and get a free hot dog or a roller grill item.
Philly Pretzel Factory: You can grab a pretzel dog for $1 a piece.
Pilot Flying J: From July 19 to July 26, you can show this linked coupon and get a free hot dog or roller grill item at participating travel centers.
Sonic Drive-In: For $1, you can get an American hot dog or a chili cheese coney dog.
And because you are curious:
According to the Council, you are supposed to finish a hot dog in 5 bites. If you are trying to enjoy a foot-long wiener, only 7 bites is deemed acceptable. In 2014, Americans spent $2.4 billion on hot dogs, LA being the hot doggiest place in the United States that year, consuming 39 million hot dogs. Of course we know the tiny tubes of beef are not good for you and contain cancer causing carcinogens, which is why many restaurants and vendors offer healthier alternatives such as turkey dogs and or veggie dogs. The current male record holder for Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog eating competition consumed an astonishing 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, while the female holder consumed 45.
In case National Hot Dog day has you feeling festive and you want to celebrate all the other weird holidays people have created, here is a list of holidays and what you can get for free just by celebrating them.