Three-fourths of Americans associate hot dogs with the 4th of July more than with any other holiday, according to new poll data collected by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. As proof, Americans are expected to have consumed 150 million over the holiday weekend – and the majority of patriotic franks are eaten in a bun.

According to the survey, 76 percent of Americans ‘relish’ their hot dogs most around the 4th of July, while 13 percent of Americans associate hot dogs most with the Memorial Day, which is the “gateway” to the summer and to the peak barbecue season.

About two-thirds (69 percent) of hot dog consumers prefer eating their hot dogs on a bun, while 15 percent prefer them with baked beans and 14 percent prefer eating corn dogs.

“We honor the hot dog as an American icon during July’s National Hot Dog Month,” says NHDSC president Janet Riley. “The 4th of July holiday is always a great time to kick off our celebration of this most American of foods.”

So how do Americans top their dog? Mustard is the favorite topping for 32 percent of Americans. Ketchup and chili take second (23 percent) and third (17 percent), respectively.

Opinion Dynamics Corporation conducted telephone interviews with 900 consumers for the survey.

American Meat Institute