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How You Can Celebrate the Two National Hot Dog Days This Month

July 14, 2016, 5:56 PM UTC
Wollongong, AUSTRALIA: TO GO WITH AFP STORY EX VIENNA "AUSTRA-GERMANY-US-CUISINE" (FILES) This file picture shows French and US fans eating hot dog during the Pool B Rugby World Cup match between France and United States at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, 31 October 2003. The Francfort sausage, called also the Vienna or the Strasburg sausage, celebrates this year its 200 years. AFP PHOTO DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
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National Hot Dog Day is a little more complicated than it needs to be.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has designated July 14 as National Hot Dog Day this year. However, perhaps because the council has held its Annual Hot Dog Lunch on July 23 in previous years, the second date appears to be the more commonly celebrated one. Though there are a couple of retailers who recognize the NHDSC’s official date, most tend to offer their deals on July 23.

Follows are nine National Hot Dog Day deals—two offered on the 14th, and the remaining on the 23rd.

Hot Dog on a Stick

The California-based is celebrating National Hot Dog Day on July 14 by giving customers a free original hot dog on a stick. They can then return on July 24 for a similar promotion celebrating National Drive Thru Day, when they’ll be giving away a free stick item of your choice.

Pilot Flying J.

This truck stop chain has 550 locations across the country. Stop at one of them on July 14 with a coupon, which you can find on Pilot Flying J.’s Facebook page, to get free hot dog or any other rolling grill item.


Each year on July 23, 7-Eleven celebrates the “other National Hot Dog Day,” and this year is no different. The chain will be offering its Quarter Pound Big Bites for just $1.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels

On July 23, Ben’s Loyalty Rewards Club members can buy one pretzel dog and get another for free. For anyone who isn’t a member, the chain is holding a contest all month long on its Facebook page. Winners get 12 free pretzel dogs.

Dog Haus

California-based Dog Haus is offering customers both hot dog and corn dog sliders for just $1 on July 23.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries

This chain will be celebrating National Hot Dog Day on July 23 at each of its 125 locations by selling its famous “fire-engine red Hot Dogs” for just $1.

Nathan’s Famous

Nathan’s Famous will also be celebrating the occasion on July 23, but only at one location in Fort Myers, Florida. Buy one hot dog, and get another for 5 cents.

Philly Pretzel Factory

Customers will be offered a $1 pretzel dog at Philly Pretzel Factory’s more than 150 locations on July 23.


This Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores will be offering free hot dogs on July 23 at its 730 locations. Access the deal by downloading their app.