On the Fourth of July, America’s most American holiday, the most American thing you can do is wrap yourself in an American flag, climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty (which is reopening today), and sing the national anthem with a hot dog in one hand and a Budweiser in the other.
In lieu of that, the next best thing to do would be to watch the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, taking place in Coney Island, Brooklyn at noon ET, 9 a.m. PT. It’ll air live on ESPN2, but you can also watch it here. Joey Chestnut will be looking to claim a seventh straight victory. Programming note: Takeru Kobayashi will once again not be competing in the event due to a dispute with Major League Eating.
Fun fact: “The Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest was first held in 1916, the year Nathan’s opened on Surf Avenue. The contest has been held each year since then, except in 1941, when it was canceled as a protest to the war in Europe, and in 1971, when it was canceled as a protest to civil unrest and the reign of free love.”
The reign of free love? Hopefully nothing like that happens today. We want to see some dogs get eaten.
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