July 4, the eyes of the world focus on Coney Island, NY, for the Nathan's Famous
Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
holiday event, which is open to the public and which is sanctioned by the International
Federation of Competitive eating, takes place at Nathan's Famous on the corner
of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney
With an expected
audience of 50,000 every year, those seeking good viewing are
advised to arrive before 11 am. (For more information, call Major League Eating at 212.352.8651.)
The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a New York tradition since
(Photo courtesy Nathan's Famous.)
All about the Coney Island 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
The Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has
been held at Nathan's
Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney
Island each year since 1916. Yes, you read the year right. And, in 2016 Nathan's celebrates its 100th anniversary!
The tradition continues at noon each
July 4th, when a group of 20 steely-eyed individuals line up behind
a 40-foot table to begin the 12-minute contest. These competitors,
known in the sport of competitive eating as "gurgitators",
may not appear athletic to the untrained eye. However, they are
among the finest athletes - with the quickest jaws! - in the world.
If you can't be there, check your local TV listings as ESPN2 traditionally televises the event as a special holiday "treat" beginning at 12PM ET.
Current World Hot Dog Eating Champ
Although with 8 consecutive wins in recent years, world champ Joey
Chestnut choked in 2015 and lost to current reigning champion Matt “Megatoad” Stonie who downed 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes for the win, along with the coveted 2015 Mustard Belt -- and the $10,000 grand prize!
In 2016, watch for Matt, Joey, and female defending champ, Miki Sudo attempt to defend their titles in the upcoming contest in Coney Island.
Matt "Megatoad" Stonie takes the title in 2015
Nothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest, says Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan's Famous. This year our nation has new hope for glory.
Vying for the Mustard Belt
bejeweled and coveted Mustard Yellow International Belt, worn only by the International
Champion, is to hot dog aficionados what Faberge Eggs were to Czar Nicholas. The
belt is of unknown age and value, and is unveiled only at the annual contest.
for the Nathan's Famous July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest is administered
by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. To sign up, participants
18 years and over can visit www.NathansFamous.com.