Today is National Hot Dog Day – as if anyone needed a reminder. As one of America’s favorite foods, the frankfurter first was given its own special day in the 1950s, which was first organized by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Hot Dog Day is typically celebrated on the third Wednesday in July.

The Hot Dog Council, who provides the public with facts about all things Hot Dogs, estimates that nearly 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by Americans each year – meaning, statistically, that 800 hot dogs are being consumed this very second in the U.S.

The Council has also offered their opinion on the great ‘is a hot dog a sandwich’ debate that has baffled the internet in recent years. Their verdict?

“A hot dog is an exclamation of joy, a food, a verb describing one ‘showing off’ and even an emoji. It is truly a category unto its own,” the Council wrote in a statement.

“Limiting the hot dog’s significance by saying it’s ‘just a sandwich’ category is like calling the Dalai Lama ‘just a guy,'” says the Council’s president Janet Riley.

So get out there, celebrate the hot dog, and check out some of the great dog deals being offered around the country below.

Burger King – Hot dogs are 79 cents during the entire month of July at participating locations.

Circle K – Hot dogs are $1 through July 23 at participating southeast locations.

Dog Haus – Buy one, get one Haus Dog free on Wednesday. Dine-in orders only.

Hwy 55 Burgers – Hot dogs are 99 cents at participating locations on Wednesday.

Sonic Drive Through – Hot dogs and Chili Cheese Coneys cost $1 on Wednesday at select locations. Limit of five hot dogs per person.

Philly Pretzel Factory – Hot dogs are $1 dollar all day Wednesday and the first 100 guests at each participating location will receive the option to buy $1 pretzel dogs every day during the month of August.

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