Fireworks and parades and family time are all nice, but everyone knows the real jewel of the Fourth of July is the annual Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest.
Joey Chestnut wound up winning the men's contest for the 11th time, eating 64 hot dogs while Miki Sudo won the women's competition with 35 hot dogs. Eating's elite gather each year to see how many hot dogs they can stomach in 10 minutes.
"I've been hitting 75 plus in practice", he said to the New York Post. "And then once I feel like the food has moved and digested, I'll have one good day of protein, whether it's fish or turkey, maybe chicken".
The winners receive the famed "Mustard Belt", along with a monetary prize: first place gets $10,000, second place $5,000, and so on.
Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed previous year but still beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.
Chestnut, 34, of San Jose, Calif., pulled away from the competition Wednesday by the mid-way mark of the 10-minute contest to win yet again. It will also be interesting to see if Chestnut can break the record he set past year when he ate an astounding 72 hot dogs - buns included - in just 10 minutes.
Still, she easily beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.
A new world hot dog eating champion was crowned yesterday at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Interest in the competition has grown in recent years thanks in large part to the rivalry of star eaters like Chestnut.
"If I'm going to get up on stage to eat hot dogs", Chestnut told ESPN, which broadcast the competition, "I'm not going to do it to get third or fourth".
The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.