National Hot Dog Day is celebrated every year on the third Wednesday in July, a month that is dedicated to hot dogs. This year, July 21 is the day set apart to appreciate one of the most popular summertime snacks among Americans.

Hot dogs were first introduced to the United States by German immigrants in the 19th century. It is believed that hot dogs were initially called "dachshund sausages" and got their name because of their long shape resembling dachshund dogs.

 In 1870, a German immigrant, Charles Feltman began to sell hot dogs out of a stand on Coney Island in New York City. They soon became popular across the country as they are easy to prepare, inexpensive and easily portable. 

The National Hot Dog And Sausage Council estimate that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs every year, which works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year.

You can celebrate Hot Dog Day by enjoying a cookout with your friends or exploring your nearby eatery to grab a hotdog with your favorite topping.

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Here are some interesting quotes from celebrities about the popular snack.

  1. "Oh, I love a good hot dog. It doesn't get old. Just like running doesn't get old to people who like to run. I just love to eat."- Joey Chestnut
  2. "Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s just a sandwich is like calling the Dalai Lama just a guy. Perhaps at one time, its importance could be limited by forcing it into a larger sandwich category, but that time has passed."- Janet Riley, National Hot Dog and Sausage Council 
  3. "When your kids Love sushi and hotdogs, you get creative."- Kim Kardashian 
  4. "I always look for a hot dog wherever I go."- Martha Stewart
  5. "It is my lifelong dream to have a private presidential hot dog lunch."- Stephen Colbert
  6. "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz."- Humphrey Bogart
  7. "I just wanna lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That’s all I ever wanted."- Kevin Malone in "The Office."
  8. "We have beaten you to the moon, but you have beaten us in sausage making."- Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
  9. "Hot dogs and Red Vines and potato chips and French fries are my favorite foods."- Betty White
  10. "Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had a beer and hot dogs."- Dwight D. Eisenhower