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Hot Dogs Have a National Holiday: 6 Places You Can Celebrate on July 18

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While the origin of the hot dog is debatable, there’s no denying its place in American cuisine — especially during the summer months, when it makes its way to grills in backyards across the country.

Which is why it’s no wonder that the time to celebrate National Hot Dog Day is this Wednesday, July 18. Here are some places to look for your holiday hot dogs.

6 Doggone Good Freebies and Deals for National Hot Dog Day

Coney dogs, Chicago dogs, chili dogs, cheese dogs, slaw dogs, pretzel dogs, corn dogs, bagel dogs, mac and cheese dogs, pigs in a blanket, beanie weenies…

No matter how you prefer to enjoy your dogs, you can find them for cheap, or even free, when you celebrate National Hot Dog Day at one of these six places.

1. Dog Haus

This chain is known for serving gourmet all-beef dogs and will be giving them away for free on National Hot Dog Day. To access the offer, download the app for Android or iPhone and sign up for Dog Haus rewards, then be on the lookout for your free hot dog offer.

2. Pilot Flying J

If you’re a fan of gas station dogs, you’re bound to find a deal on National Hot Dog Day.

Pilot Flying J celebrates every year with a free hot dog offer available in the myPilot app.

3. Love’s

Love’s is also giving out free dogs — just be sure to keep an eye out for a special bar code that will be posted on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

4. Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries

On National Hot Dog Day, My Hwy 55 rewards members can grab up to two hot dogs for 99 cents each when they dine in between 2 and 5 p.m. If you’re not already a rewards member, be sure to download the app at least one day before National Hog Dog Day to claim the deal. You’ll also receive a coupon for a free milkshake just for downloading the app.

5. Philly Pretzel Factory

All Philly Pretzel Factory locations are offering one free pretzel dog for the first 100 customers and $1 pretzel dogs all day on National Hot Dog Day. And if you’re lucky enough to be one of those first 100 customers, you’ll also receive a card for a $1 pretzel dog every day in August.

6. Wienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel is offering five chili dogs for $5 all day on National Hot Dog Day, and there is no limit on how many dogs you can get with the discount.

Bonus: Go Local

If you really love hot dogs, don’t forget about your local dog stands, trucks and shops. Not only will you be supporting your local businesses, but some may be celebrating National Hot Dog Day with free or cheap dogs, like Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts in Ohio, and Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs in Louisiana.

If you’d rather celebrate National Hot Dog Day at home (and on the cheap), check out recipe No. 4 from this list of tasty crescent roll recipes, or get that fire going and check out recipe No. 5 of these easy campfire recipes.

If you’ll be treating your family to a backyard barbecue, check out these grilling tips from Mark Bittman, author of “How to Grill Everything.”

And, before you go, we’ll leave you with a quote from Lawrence J. Peter:

“The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.”

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She can’t choose between traditional hot dogs, chili dogs, corn dogs or pretzel dogs, so she’ll just have to eat all of the dogs this National Hot Dog Day.

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