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Check out our photos of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

The annual Fourth of July tradition took place yesterday on the Coney Island boardwalk, with both winners setting new frank-eating records.

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Every year on July 4, Americans celebrate our nation’s independence—and our inalienable right to eat as many hot dogs as we want. The 98th annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest drew 40,000 people to Coney Island yesterday to see seven-time men’s champion Joey Chestnut ingest 69 Nathan’s hot dogs in ten minutes, breaking his personal record. One hundred–pound Sonya Thomas took home the gold on the women’s side, eating 36¾ dogs. NYC families cheered on the competitive eaters in front of the historic Nathan’s Famous stand on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues, and our cameras showed up to capture all the action. Take a look at our slide show of the patriotic eat-a-thon.


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