Independence Day is a big day for hot dog lovers everywhere. Besides the millions of wieners destined for incineration on outdoor grills across the nation, the Fourth of July is the day Nathan’s Famous hosts its annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island in the storied borough of Brooklyn, N.Y. Held for nearly a century at Nathan’s original location on Surf Avenue at the entrance to Coney Island amusement park, the hot-dog eating competition began in 1916, the ...

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