When is National Hot Dog Day? Always July 23! (festival dates vary)
"There is no official Hot Dog Day, although industry groups, such as National Hot Dog & Sausage Council in the USA, which designates July as National Hot Dog Month and July 23 as National Hot Dog Day, are known to encourage, sponsor, and support hot dog events."
(Note: some calendars say July 16 or July 19)
Origin of this Holiday
"Hot Dog Days are informal events that are celebrated in communities throughout the hotdog-eating world, including the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Their origin is obscure."
Hot Dog Festivals
"As the name suggests the festivals revolve around eating hot dogs, but usually there are many other activities such as wiener dog races, root beer chugging contests and face painting. Often the proceeds from a hot dog day are given to charity. The council also gives advice on hot-dog eating etiquette, which aren't considered strict, as most Hot Dog Day style events do not adhere to them."
July 23, as National Veggie Hot Dog Day
"Hot dog festivals also present opportunities for unaffiliated groups to draw attention to their causes. Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., designated July 23, as National Veggie Hot Dog Day, encouraging concerned groups around the USA to organize alternative vegetarian events."
How is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is celebrated by enjoying hot dogs either at home, fast food places or festivals!
Heres a few ideas for celebrating this holiday:
- Have a hot dog grilling day in your back yard and invite all your friends, family and neighbors. To help with the table, ask everyone to bring a condiment.
- Hot Dog Hopping: Get a van load of friends and a bottle of tums and go hot dog hopping. Hot Dog Hopping is when you drive around to several restaurants and fast food places and you order a hot dog at each one. You cut the hot dog into large bit size serving so everyone can get a good taste. Each person gets to give the hot dog a grade and you go on to the next place to order a hot dog. It's A LOT of fun!
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
Notable Hot Dog Festivals
Alfred Village Hot Dog Day
"Hot Dog Day is celebrated in the spring in the village of Alfred, New York. It has been celebrated since 1972, when students first proposed it. The event is focused on the hot dog, a food popular among college students for its cheapness and ease of preparation. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday."
"Hot Dog Day, which is organized primarily by students from Alfred University and Alfred State College, raises money for local charities and community organizations, such as Alfred's fire department and Montessori school."
"Events typically include a parade, ice cream social, "fun run", mud Olympics,beer drinking contests, carnival and live music. Main Street, which is closed to traffic, hosts most of these activities, along with food choices such as a chicken barbecue and numerous hot dog stands. Hot Dog Day is often the time chosen for alumni reunions for Alfred's two colleges.
"FAHDD is an annual tradition taken upon by some Alfred Alumni after Alfred University disbanded all fraternities and soroities in 2002. It is held the same day as the traditional Alfred Hot Dog Day but in a different location each year. FAHDD embodies what Hot Dog Day used to be before 2002."
Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill
"The Annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the American Meat Institute, is one of the most popular social events in Washington, D.C. During the lunch, which has been celebrated for decades in Washington, more than 1,000 members of Congress, Administration officials, journalists and lobbyists gather in a courtyard for a huge hot dog picnic. At the lunch, hot dog companies serve their franks from traditional hot dog carts."
Boston Hot Dog Safari
"The Boston Hot Dog Safari is an annual charity benefit founded by Boston sports radio host, Eddie Andelman. The charity began in 1990 to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, raising money for the Joey Fund, named after a friend of his who died of the disease in 1986 at the age of twelve. One of Andelman's all-time favorite foods are hot dogs, which is why the charity is called the Hot Dog Safari."
"The Hot Dog Safari is one of the most popular charity events in Boston today. Over the years, it has a gained a steady flow of participants as well as money for charity. In one single day, an estimated $150,000 dollars was raised to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Medical experts have said that finding a cure for the disease is close to being found in only a few years' time."
"The Safari is an all-you-eat supply of hot dogs, sausages and ice cream sundaes. Money is earned from tickets (sold either at the door or in advance) and raffles. Entertainment is also provided."
West Virginia Hot Dog Festival
"The West Virginia Hot Dog Festival has been held in Huntington, West Virginia on the last Saturday in July since 2005. A charitable event, the festival may raise $10,000 or more for the childrens' cancer unit at the Edwards' Comprehensive Cancer Center.. Activities include a bun run (or walk), a weiner dog race, the Owner-Dog Look Alike Contest, a Car & Truck Show, a Hotdog Eating Contest and a Harmonica Championship."
Other Hot Dog Events
- Stanley Park Optimist Club - Season End Hot Dog Day Celebration
- Kiwanis Club of Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada - Hot Dog Day
- Newburyport, Massachusetts Hot Dog Day
- Vancouver, Canada Hot Dog Day
- Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary Schools (WMES) Hot Dog Day
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