National Hotdog Day Falls on July 22, right in the middle of summer. While you might be thinking, “hold on, I thought July 4 was National Hotdog Day” this is actually not the case. Independence Day is known for its cookouts, but this doesn’t mean it’s the actual holiday for hotdogs!
Summertime and hotdogs go hand in hand. Hosting a backyard cookout, visiting a baseball stadium, and standing in line at a roller coaster are all classic activities for scarfing down a frank. However, the official holiday for the American favorite is on July 22, making this another American summer holiday.
Celebrating the Day
How should you celebrate National Hotdog Day? By eating some hotdogs, of course! Whether you host a cookout, visit a restaurant, or just make some on the stove, today is the day to enjoy the classic American dish. Of course, if you’re vegetarian, you can stick with a veggie dog instead of a pork or beef dog.
Don’t forget to top it off with your favorite condiments! Common options like ketchup and mustard are classic, but there’s more than just that. You could go with relish, onions, chili, and even options like mushrooms or cheese sauce. There’s no wrong way to enjoy a nice frank!
The history of the American favorite has its roots in classic German food. Immigrants like Charles Feltman made the dish popular by selling it from public stands in New York during the 1870s. These early sausage dishes were known as “dachshund sausages,” named for the famously stubby dog breed.
As such, the name “hot dog” stuck when baseball team owner Chris Von de Ahe began selling the dish in his amusement park. Their portability, thanks to the bread bun, made them easy to carry and scarf down while waiting in line for the rides. This popularity led to them being sold in the St. Louis’ Browns’ baseball stadium.
An Age-Old Debate
Hot dogs are also at the center of a long-standing debate over what qualifies as a sandwich. If a sandwich is bread around ingredients like meat and cheese, can a hotdog be classified as a sandwich? Supporters of “hot dog as sandwich” theories hold that, functionally, yes, the dish is technically a sandwich.
Detractors argue that intent is as important as construction, and that the sausage dish is clearly not a sandwich. Variations, like meatball subs and ice cream sandwiches, further complicate the argument!