Americans expected to eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4

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If you’re looking to see fireworks in metro Atlanta for the Fourth, your options are not going to be abundant as in years prior. However, there are a few places where the show will go on.

Whether one enjoys a frankfurter, frank, wiener, weenie, coney, red hot or hot dog, July is bound to be a delicious month. This month marks National Hot Dog Month, a full 31 days that celebrate one of America’s most iconic foods. Hot dogs are part of American culture, summer celebrations, travel and grilling traditions. They are synonymous with our nation’s independence as Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4 alone.

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“Let me be frank. In a time when things feel uncertain, we can be sure of at least one thing,” said National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC) Hot Dog Top Dog Eric Mittenthal. “Hot dogs make people happy and make us feel less socially distant, whether we are sitting 6 feet apart or meeting virtually.”

Today, there are hot dogs for everyone with millions of different possible hot dog and topping combinations that meet a broad spectrum of nutrition needs, tastes, budgets and personal preferences.

Like other prepared meats, Americans can enjoy hot dogs as part of a healthy diet. A standard beef hot dog is 190 calories, offers 7 grams of protein and 30% of our daily value of vitamin B12, a crucial nutrient for normal metabolism, brain development in children and mental clarity in adults.

Throughout the rest of the summer and beyond, the NHDSC will highlight recipes on its social media channels using #WienerWednesday and feature the best consumer-created #Wiener Wednesday recipes as well. More on hot dogs and sausages, including history, details on how they're made and a guide to hot dog etiquette, is available at www.hot-dog.org.

With some of the most popular food and nutrition influencers on TikTok, The Food Renegades are inviting hot dog fans to show their creativity by developing a hot dog video that features a unique beef hot dog recipe. Hot dog lovers are encouraged to share their video using #WienerWednesday by July 22.

The fan with the most-liked recipe will win $500. The winner will be chosen on National Hot Dog Day, July 22.