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National Hot Dog Day

July 19

When is National Hot Dog Day?

National Hot Dog Day happens on Friday July 19, 2024.

A Brief History of the Hot Dog on National Hot Dog Day

Today is National Hot Dog Day, a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! But where did the hot dog come from? And how did it become such a popular food? Let’s take a quick trip through history to find out.

The first hot dogs were created in Germany in the 1400s. They were made from pork and beef, and were called “dachshund sausages” because of their elongated shape. These sausages became popular in the United States in the 1800s when German immigrants began selling them on the streets of New York City. At that time, they were known as “frankfurters” or “Hamburgers.”

Hot Dog Term

The term “hot dog” was first coined in 1901 at a baseball game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. A vendor at the game was selling hot dogs out of a pushcart, and when asked what they were, he allegedly replied, “They’re red-hot dachshund sausages!” The name caught on, and the hot dog has been known as a “hot dog” ever since.

Hot dogs became even more popular in America in the 1920s when factories began mass-producing them. Today, there are many different types of hot dogs available, including beef, chicken, turkey, vegetarian, and even kosher varieties. No matter what your taste, there’s sure to be a hot dog that’s perfect for you!

Happy National Hot Dog Day! Whether you like yours with mustard or ketchup, grilled or boiled, plain or topped with all the fixin’s, there’s no denying that the hot dog is a true American classic. So grab yourself one today and enjoy!

When does National Hot Dog Day happen next year?

National Hot Dog Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday July 19, 2025
  • Sunday July 19, 2026
  • Monday July 19, 2027
  • Wednesday July 19, 2028
  • Thursday July 19, 2029


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