3. Cheer on participants of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's hot dog eating contest
This year, spectators are allowed to return to Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Joey Chesnut beat his own record after eating 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the 2020 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Many wonder if he will be able to top that record this year. After holding the contest without spectators last year, the contest will return with free attendance for all. However, since seats will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, only those who show up early will get a prime viewing spot. The women’s competition will begin at 11 a.m. and the men’s competition will begin as 12:30 p.m.

The hot dog eating contest came from humble beginnings: It began as a PR ploy. After pulling some people to stage a photo that looked like a hot dog eating contest, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs found more fame. Little did they know, though, that this photo op would turn into a long-standing tradition.