National Hot Dog Day is an informal holiday in the United States which is celebrated on a different date each year depending on the annual Hot Dog Lunch event, which is an event hosted by the North American Meat Institute and is held on Capitol Hill. Although this date does differ each year it will generally take place on the third Wednesday in July (which is National Hot Dog Month).
Hot Dog Day celebrates hot dogs as one of the staples of American cuisine. A hot dog is a cooked sausage served in a sliced bun, typically with garnishes and condiments. Sausages (also known as frankfurters) were brought to the United States by German immigrants in the 19th century. Over the years, hot dogs have become one of the most popular street foods in the USA.
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council was established in 1994 by the American Meat Institute, the largest and oldest trade association that represents the U.S. meat and poultry industry. The Council is dedicated to providing consumers and media with information concerning nutrition, preparation, safety and quality of sausages and hot dogs as iconic American foods. It council organizes and sponsors numerous events held across the United States. The proceedings from the events are often given to charity.
To celebrate National Hold Dog Day, invite your friends over for a cookout and enjoy delicious hot dogs with your favorite condiments and garnishes.