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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day With Fetch

By Tricia Kucinski

June 5, 2024

Hot dogs are an American favorite, the source of many jokes and debates (like Is a Hot dog a Sandwich?), and what is the proper way to eat them (the answer is Chicago-style; everyone else is wrong). But we also take them very seriously, which is why Fetch has rounded up all the deets on how to celebrate this cylindrical meat marvel, and how to get them for free!

National Hot Dog Day

How to Get Free Hot Dogs With Fetch All Year Round

National Hot Dog Day is a fun time to enjoy a baseball-game favorite, and clean up on discounts and freebies, but Fetch makes it possible to get free hot dogs year-round! Your routine grocery shopping earns you rewards that you can use for in-app gift cards for your favorite places, including Sonic, Steak ‘n’ Shake and Uber Eats!

When is National Hot Dog Day?

National Hot Dog Day

All of America, and specifically Chicago, can rejoice on the third Wednesday of July, annually, which is officially National Hot Dog Day!

Why Are Hot Dogs Called “Hot Dogs”?

Hot dogs by any other name taste just as great, but you may be wondering why they are called “hot dogs,” and what else they go by. 

Depending on the region or culture, hot dogs may be called frankfurters, franks, wieners, weenies, coneys, or red hots–and other funny names. Different regions have their own recipes and preparation methods, but no matter the title, “hot dog” can refer to the sausage itself, and the sausage plus bun combination.

There are many suggestions as to where the “hot dog” moniker came from. Still, one widely accepted tale is that it comes from German immigrants in the 1800s, and references not only the sausages brought over, but a joke about the likeness to Germans dachshund dogs, which are small, long and thin.

When is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Because we as Americans can’t resist making fun out of ordinary things, hot dog eating contests have become a favorite pastime. Yes, there are fans, champions, titles, and world records! If you are wondering when and where Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is this year, we’re happy to report it is set for July 4th, 2024 in Coney Island. Joey Chestnut currently holds the hot dog-eating World Champion title after setting a new world record of 76 hot dogs and buns in 2021!

Where to Get Free Hot Dogs or Discounted Dogs on National Hot Dog Day

Based on last year’s spoils, here are some places you might be able to snag a free or discounted dog on National Hot Dog Day!

  • Discounted hot dogs with Target’s loyalty program, Target Circle.
  • Free hot dog at Dog Haus via a mobile coupon.
  • Free dog at Love’s Travel Stops.
  • 5 cent dogs at participating Nathan’s Famous locations.
  • Free delivery from Portillo’s, famous for Chicago-style hot dogs!
  • Big Bite Hot Dog at 7-Eleven for $1 with their 7Rewards loyalty program.
  • Redeem Fetch points for gift cards to several places serving hot dogs and other grilled classics! Check out these fast food restaurant hacks to get the most for your money.

How to Earn Rewards for Eating Hot Dogs by Using Fetch

Redeeming Fetch points is the easiest way to enjoy National Hot Dog Day, whether you order from Ubereats, or purchase the fixin’s and make them yourself. Brands like Applegate hot dogs, Ballpark buns and Grey Poupon mustard will satisfy your sausage dog craving, and help you rack up even more points for future celebrations.

National Hot Dog Day

Don’t Miss Out on National Hot Dog Day Discounts

Fetch has your back when it comes to eatin’ good and saving large. Download the Fetch grocery rewards app to start collecting points for free gift cards, and to stay in touch about tips for recipes, budget shopping, and finding deals on food!

Topics: Food and Drink, Gift Cards, rewards


Tricia Kucinski

Tricia Kucinski is an author of literary fiction, and bops around the digital marketing sphere. She has written everything from the great Native American novel, to recipe blogs, under the discerning eye of her Sphynx cat, Peach.

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