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2023 Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating ContestWHERE: Coney Island, NY
WHEN: July 4, 2023 at 12PM ET, televied live on ESPN

Every 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.

The holiday event, which is open to the public and which is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive eating, takes place at Maimonides Park, next door to Nathan's Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

With an expected attendance of 40,000 every year, those seeking good viewing are advised to arrive before 11 am. (For more information, call Major League Eating at 212.352.8651.)

Watch it live when ESPN televises the event beginning with the women's competition at 10:45 am ET live on ESPN3 and the ESPN App, followed by live coverage of the men’s competition on ESPN at 12:00 pm ET.

Top competitor Joey Chestnut will be there to hopefully beat his own record, set last year when he downed a total of 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Stay tuned!

coney island hot dog eating contest
The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a New York tradition since 1972.
(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 for decades now, and has beccome firmly entrenched as a New York City tradition.

It continues every July 4th at noon, 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.

Showing that its heart is in the right place, when the fierce competition is over 100,000 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs are donatedd to the Food Bank for New York City each year as part of the annual event.

also see -> National Hot Dog Day | Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Current World Hot Dog Eating Champ

What does it take to compete in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest?

With a total of 15 wins in recent years, world champ Joey Chestnut did it again last year and chowed down 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes earning him the coveted 2022 Mustard Belt and the $10,000 grand prize.

In 2023, watch for Joey and defending female champ, Miki Sudo, attempt to defend their titles in the upcoming contest in Coney Island.

“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

The 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.

Registration 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

More about the Coney Island hot dog eating contest around the Web:

Nathan's hot dog eating contest - Wikipedia

Coney Island's July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest FAQs

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