by nycgo.com staff, 03/18/2014
Photo: Alex Lopez
Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
With a combination of steely grit, limber lips and highly expandable stomachs, competitors in the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest devour wieners galore to the delight of throngs of screaming fans. A select group of skilled eaters convene at high noon, eating Nathan's dogs (and buns) for 10 minutes straight, stopping for nothing—not ketchup, not mustard, not even a french fry. In the 2013 battle, Joey Chestnut defended his men's title by devouring a world record 69 dogs. Don't miss this year's competition, which continues a tradition organizers claim was established in 1916 (historians, take note—records for the event extend no further back than the early 1970s).