“Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month.” Eatocracy, a CNN.com blog wrote. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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Hot dogs are the ultimate summer food. During “hot dog season” (from Memorial Day to Labor Day), Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. Are hot dogs on the menu for your Fourth of July party? You’re not alone. Considered the biggest hot dog day of the year, it’s estimated that Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4th. That’s enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles over five times!

But the fun doesn’t have to end on the 4th. Check out these different ways to celebrate the entire month of National Hot Dog Month (provided by wikihow.com).

1. Learn more about the hot dog! The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council website has fun facts, history and even quizzes to test your knowledge!

2. Hold a hot dog eating contest with your family and friends to see who can chow down on the most hot dogs in the smallest amount of time! Want to save room for other food? Skip the contest and watch Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (July 4th) on TV (ESPN) instead.

3. Learn the correct etiquette to eating a hot dog. Never use utensils and always apply the condiments on the hot dog itself, not the bun. Click here to learn more.

4. Experiment! Toss the ketchup and mustard aside for the month, and try different condiments and toppings. Check back on our blog from last year, America’s Regional Hot Dog Styles.

5. Learn and teach yourself different methods of how to cook hot dogs. In a hurry? Roll the hot dog in a paper towel and heat it in the microwave. If you have a little more time, throw them on the grill or grill them over an open fire!

Need hot dogs for your Fourth of July festivities? Your local Sparkle Market has you covered! Stop by today!

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