It’s as essential to the Fourth of July as American flags waving, firemen in parades, watermelons, barbecues, and fireworks: The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Every July 4, gurgitators from around the globe gather at the intersection of Surf and Stillwell, at the location of the original Nathan’s Famous, and go bun to bun in the ultimate eating competition. Tens of thousands gather at Coney Island to watch each year and millions more watch at home. It’s an event like no other: even Lonely Planet named the contest as one of their 1000 Ultimate Experiences. Will you be watching this Fourth of July in person or at home? Here’s your ultimate guide to everything you need to know about the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Length Currently, the hot dog eating contest is ten minutes long (changed from twelve minutes in 2008). It’s a timed challenge: contestants have ten minutes to eat as many hot dogs as they can. Both the hot dog...More Information
The 2014 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 at the Nathan’s Famous Flagship Restaurant, 1310 Surf Avenue (at Stillwell Avenue), Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Want to watch the contest in person, on TV, or online? Here’s all the information you need! Live from Coney Island The best way to watch the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest is live at Surf and Stillwell. It’s a spectacle that everyone should witness in a lifetime. Crowds of up to 40,000 people gather at Coney Island to watch competitors chow down as many HDBS (hot dogs and buns) as they can in 10 minutes. The contest takes place on July Fourth at the intersection of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island. The women’s hot dog eating contest begins at 11:15 a.m. and the men’s at 12:30 a.m., but the entertainment begins at 10 a.m. There will be a huge crowd, so get there by 9 a.m. if you...More Information
Reversal of Fortune:
Vomiting. Also, “Elvis has left the building.”
An automatic disqualification.
Hot dogs and buns. Eaters must eat both for a dog to count.
The act of submerging your bun in liquid before consuming.
Stuffing your mouth with food in the last few seconds of the contest.
Pieces of food left around a competitor. Can be deducted from totals.
A copious amount of sweat as a result from eating too much meat.
The eating contest cheerleaders and count-card holders.
Breaking the dog in half and eating both halves at once.
Those who aren’t expected to eat as well are positioned at the ends of the table.
A competitive eater.