National Hot Dog Day: 12 Deals and Freebies To Celebrate

Putting mustard on a hot dog
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Brats, sausages, wursts — whether at the beach, a barbecue or the ultimate hot dog eating contest, hot dogs are a summer menu tradition, and Americans will celebrate this classic treat on National Hot Dog Day on July 21. Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy fast food and gourmet hot dogs at a discount.

National Hot Dog Day Deals

Nothing tastes better than a hot dog on National Hot Dog Day. On July 21, get your hot dog discounts from these retailers:

1. 7-Eleven

Join 7REWARDS to earn points on qualifying purchases. Redeem those points for reward snacks and drinks, including hot dogs.

2. Auntie Anne’s

What’s your choice? Pick from the mini, original, cheeses, or jalapeno and cheese pretzel dog. Join Pretzel Perks for special bonuses.

3. Circle K

Sign up for Easy Rewards to start earning points toward your purchases. You’ll get a $2 cash coupon when you reach 2,000 points, and yes, Circle K sells hot dogs.

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4. Hot Dog on a Stick

Download the Hot Dog on a Stick Loyalty app to start racking up the savings. Get a $3 reward when you sign up, then earn one point for every dollar you spend. When you hit 50 points, you’ll have a $5 reward. The company also offers rewards for special occasions.

5. Kwik Trip

Join Kwik Rewards and use your card in-store and at the pump to earn free stuff — maybe even the store’s Angus beef franks or hot dogs.

6. Love’s Travel Stop

For a limited time, get select items at the Roller Grill at two for $3.33.

7. Philly Pretzel Factory

It isn’t just for pretzels. Philly Pretzel Factory is known for its pretzel hot dog. Feeding a bunch? Try the Mini Dogs Party Tray.

8. Sheetz

Why settle for just one hot dog? Sheetz offers two hot dogs for $1.

9. Speedway

Join the Speedway Rewards program to earn 10 points per gallon of fuel and 20 points per dollar spent on merchandise and watch the points add up — then redeem them for free stuff, including hot dogs. For a limited time, buy two grill items and two 20-ounce Coca-Cola products to earn 300 points.

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10. The Steamie Weenie

Grab a $1 hot dog or a $2 chili dog only on National Hot Dog Day.

11. Stewart’s Shops

When you’re in upstate New York or Southern Vermont, stop into a Stewart’s and enjoy two hot dogs or roller grill items for $3 — mix and match.

12. Wienerschnitzel

Through July 31, Wienerschnitzel is offering various hot dog savings, including for $1 corn dogs or $1 off a Texas Dog, Carolina Dog or Kansas City Dog. To take advantage of the special, visit the Wienerschnitzel website to get a coupon.

Hot Dog Fun Facts and Etiquette

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says the hot dog can be traced back as far as the 15th century to Germany and Austria, and to cities such as Frankfurt and Vienna. So that’s how the names frankfurter and Vienna sausages came to be!

A German immigrant in the 19th century is believed to have introduced hot dogs to the United States when he parked a cart in New York City’s Bowery district, and in 1871, the first Coney Island hot dog stand opened. According to the council, Americans spent more than $3 billion on hot dogs in the supermarket in 2018.

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And as you celebrate National Hot Dog Day, the council wants to make sure you do it right.

Adding the Right Hot Dog Fixings

When it comes to adding toppings and condiments, you want to “dress the dog.” The stuff goes on top of the hot dog–not in between it and the bun. And there’s specific order to do it: mustard first, then chunky toppings — think onion and sauerkraut. Finally, top it all off with shredded cheese or with pepper and other spices. The council reports that once you become an adult, it’s no longer acceptable to use ketchup on a hot dog.

Finally, eat it the right way — with your hands and definitely not utensils — and don’t take more than five bites. Seven are OK for a footlong, though.


Steffi Cao contributed to the reporting for this article.

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