Every year on July 4th, 20 or so contestants gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in legendary Coney Island, New York. They are gathering in the name of Hot Dogs – Nathan’s hot Dogs to be exact. This annual hotdog eating contest has gained notoriety in the past several years. Contestants have ten minutes to see how many hotdogs (and buns) they can force down their gullets. Last year (2018) the winner of the contest ate an impressive, yet disgusting 74 hotdogs. The contest has been going strong since 1972 with rumors of the first contest actually being in 1916.
“Nothing says celebrating the birthday of the greatest country in the world than seeing a bunch of grown men partake in gluttony. The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has emerged as the premier “sporting” event of the 4th of July…”
You can watch the contest live and in person on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, New York. The contest is also broadcast live on T.V. or online.
The most common and traditional way of getting to and from Coney Island is taking the subway. There are several bus options and even an express bus that runs to and from the city. You can also take the train or obviously drive your own car.
Once in Coney Island, the easiest way to get around – and the best way to see everything is by wandering around on foot. However, there are taxi and Uber available.
If you want to stay right in Coney Island, expect to pay a bit of money because of the contest and it being a holiday. There are mostly hotels and motels with jacked up prices for tourists. You are better off and will have more options and more affordable prices in Brooklyn and just plan on taking the subway to Coney Island.
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In addition to the Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island has one of the most colorful histories in the US which you can learn about at the Coney Island Museum. You can spend time on the legendary boardwalk playing games, shopping and visiting the numerous amusement parks or explore The New York Aquarium.
Relax on the beaches or swim in the sea, take your new profile picture in front of the Coney Island Art Walls, check out the Circus Sideshow or just eat your way around Coney Island at all the fabulous restaurants and of course getting a Hotdog from Nathan’s. Coney Island also puts on a display of fireworks every Friday night during the summer season and is best viewed from the beach.
The world’s most famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is on July 4th 2019.
If you can stomach watching people shove soggy hotdogs down their throats – then classic and traditional way to celebrate America’s birthday is the event for you. Whether you want to watch in person, on t.v. or online – you will be joining millions of Americans in cheering these contestants on.
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