HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Whether you like yours with chili, relish or just plain, hot dogs are an American staple, and they were celebrated today across the country.
National Hot Dog Day is celebrated every July 23. Some hot dog vendors have specials on their dogs, but for others, it's just another day to sell their favorite item.
"I sell Nathan's Famous, they are the best hot dogs in the United States," said Gadsby's Ned McInnis.
Gadsby's is a hotdog stand on Broadway Street in Hattiesburg. McInnis has been running the business for three years- something he decided to do after retirement.
"Hot dogs that Ned's got here are really great, I mean, whatever you want on them. Got the combo pack for five dollars, you can't beat it," said customer Gene Clearman.
Some folks in the Hub City also like to get their hotdogs at Ward's, which has a famous chili cheese dog.
"It's a secret," said Ward's employee Montel Coleman. "The chili is the secret."
Ward's customer Jesse Parker said he had been coming to Ward's for hotdogs since they opened in 1978.
"Since it was National Hot Dog Day, I decided that's where we'd go for lunch," said Parker.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans spent 2.5 billion dollars on hotdogs in supermarkets across the country in 2013. And during the "peak season" for hot dogs- the time between Memorial and Labor Days- seven billion hotdogs will be consumed by Americans.