Every dog has its day and Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day.
The hot dog—considered as American as baseball or a burger—has its time to shine throughout summer, especially around the Fourth of July. Independence Day is also the occasion when Nathan’s Famous hosts its annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.
But according to DaysOfTheYear.com, July 23 is the day of the frank internationally.
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council—yes, this exists—said Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day during “peak hot dog season.” That’s 818 hot dogs eaten every second. In 2013, Americans spent $2.5 billion on franks. At baseball stadiums alone, over 24 million hot dogs are purchased, the most being consumed by Los Angeles Dodger fans. In fact, the council said the city of Los Angeles consumes the most hot dogs in the country at 40 million frank, beating out New York and Atlanta. But Chicago’s O’Hare airport consumes the most hot dogs in United States airports.
In other words, Americans love hot dogs.
In honor of 2014’s National Hot Dog Day, here are some places you can score free or cheap hot dogs.
Sonic: $1.00 All American Hot Dogs & Chilli Cheese Coneys (6″ premium only)
7-Eleven: Quarter Pound Big Bite® Hot Dog for $1 all day if you download the store’s app
Meatheads: $1.50 New England Style Dogs all day
Philly Pretzel Factory: $1.00 Pretzel Dogs All Day