When did hot dogs start selling on the streets?
Hot dogs were originally sold at street vendors in New York City as early as the 1860s by German and Polish immigrants.
How many hot dogs are sold annually?
Over 9 billion hot dogs are sold each year in the United States. Americans eat approximately 155 million hot dogs every July 4th.
When we think of summer, hot dogs come to mind almost immediately. It’s just part of the overall experience. A summer day at the amusement park or at a baseball stadium pairs nicely with a hot dog (or tofu dog, for those of you who prefer a meatless version). Hot dogs don’t have to be made with meat, and anyone can enjoy the age old American favorite food any time of year. Sure, hot dogs can be purchased and enjoyed at any time of the year, however on July 22 is absolutely the day we hold them in the highest regard.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY
You should know some solid trivia about hot dogs, including knowing that the term itself was derived in the 19th century, at a time when German immigrants brought their own culinary traditions with them to the new world. It’s believed they brought to New York America’s first hot dogs, originally referred to as a dachshund sausage — for their long shape that resembled the beloved dachshund pups. Around 1870, Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, began to sell hot dogs out of a stand on Coney Island. He sold over 3,600 frankfurters in a bun that year alone.
While we cannot be completely sure how or even when National Hot Dog Day was created, we do know that the day was created as a nod to National Hot Dog Month in July by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council to highlight this fan favorite. Hot dogs became a household name in the late 19th century when casual food lover and baseball team owner of the St. Louis Browns — better known to some as the St. Louis Cardinals — Chris Von de Ahe brought the two together at his own amusement park.
Celebrating this day is fairly straightforward — just make your hot dog your way, and enjoy it however you’d like! Honestly, in the Dog Days of Summer, who doesn’t like a hot dog with all their favorite fixings?
Some take hot dogs beyond food form. There are also Weiner dog races and other relative, inclusive festivals to consider. We very strongly encourage you to indulge away!
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY TIMELINE
Hot Dog Day was first celebrated by students in Alfred, New York. As you might have guessed, the hot dog’s affordability is something that many in school favor. They are also pretty easy to find. In fact, some students celebrated hot dogs for an entire week.
Ball Park Franks
Hot dogs and baseball were officially paired together in St. Louis by the owner of the St. Louis Browns, a team now known as the St. Louis Cardinals. He also distributed them at an amusement park he owned.
Coney Island Dogs
Charles Feltman begins selling sausages in rolls on Coney Island in New York.
Frankfurter Wuerstchen are distributed in Germany on the eve of imperial coronations.