9 Places to Get a Free Dog on National Hot Dog Day

9 Places to Get a Free Dog on National Hot Dog Day
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The highly esteemed National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has declared July 14 as National Hot Dog Day, but many retailers are offering hot dog deals on last year's National Hot Dog Day, July 23. What does this confusing clash of the Hot Dog Days mean for you? Double the dogs, baby. 

Today, hot dogs are an essential part of American culture, from baseball franks to county fair coneys, it's safe to say that all red-blooded patriots in this country enjoy chowing down on their favorite style of dog from time to time. In fact, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council reports that in 2015, nearly one billion pounds of hot dogs were sold in retail stores, and that number doesn't even take into account the more than 21 million hot dogs consumed at sports games, or purchases of frozen corn dogs--a personal favorite of mine.

But it wasn't always this way. Believe it or not, our founding fathers were not serving up Chicago dogs at that first fourth of July cookout. In fact, hot dogs didn't really take off in this country until the late 19th century. Despite having been invented by hungry German butchers way back in 1487, it was the 1893 Columbia Exposition in Chicago that made them popular, as visitors from around the globe were introduced to the delicious dog, they suddenly realized just how convenient a sausage nestled in a fluffy bun could be for a meal on-the-go. 

The rest is history, and whether you're a fan of the classic New York dog or the artisan San Fran frankfurter, I think we can all agree that the best hot dog around is the one you don't have to pay for. So in honor of this month's meaty holiday, here are all the places you can get a hot dog for free (or almost free):

7-Eleven

Snatch up a $1 Quarter Pound Big Bite on July 23 for 7-Eleven's annual $1 Hot Dog Day.

All American Hotdog Sandwiches

This Jacksonville, FL hot dog joint will have a buy one, get one free deal on dogs on July 14.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels

Buy an All-Beef Pretzel Dog and get one free on July 23.

Callahan's Hot Dogs

This Norwood, NJ eatery is offering up free dogs to customers who come in on Thursday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Dairy Queen

Last year the ice cream and hot dog joint celebrated National Hot Dog Day with a $5 chili cheese dog meal. Check their Facebook page for more info on what's happening this year!

Dog Haus

Chow down on $1 hot dog and corn dog sliders on July 23, and check their Facebook page for daily deals on National Hot Dog Month specials.

 Pilot Flying J

Customers who download this coupon from Facebook and present it at checkout will receive a free hot dog or rolling grill item of their choice at all participating Pilot Flying J locations between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 pm.m on July 14.

Philly Pretzel Factory

Philly Pretzel Factory restaurants are offering a free Pretzel Dog to the first 300 customers at each participating location.

QuikTrip

Download the QuikTrip app for a coupon for a free dog on July 23.

Sonic

Last year, the drive-in chain offered its All-American or Chili Cheese Coney Dog for just $1. The All-American comes served with ketchup, yellow mustard, chopped onions, and relish, and we've got our fingers crossed that this same deal will be popping up again in 2016!

Know any other places you can gobble up a dog for less on Thursday? Let us know in the comments!