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A Tourist's Guide to Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015

Entertainment | Donald Wood | July 03, 2015

A Tourist's Guide to Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2015

Photo via Nathan's Famous

New York City is already a great representation of the melting pot that is the United States of America, but on the Fourth of July, it is transformed into an American Mecca thanks to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The 2015 edition of the event will be no different.

For those looking to travel to the New York City area on July 4th, head down to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and step up to the most famous hot dog shop in the world, the original and most famous Nathan's Famous restaurant.

Starting at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 4, the boardwalk along Coney Island will be packed with true Americans as they prepare to witness hot dog eating contests between the top men and the top women in the world, separated into two divisions.

Make sure to get there early as the area will be packed with tourists and festivities move fast once they get started. The women’s division is first and the contest is expected to begin at 11 a.m. ET.  On the men’s side, the main competition begins at 12:40 p.m. ET.

The defending champion is American eating sensation Joey Chestnut. Last year, he thrilled those who traveled many miles to see him by eating an astonishing 61 hot dogs to defend his title for an eighth year in a row.

Near the restaurant, there is public parking for spectators who drove into town, and those taking the subway can use D, F, N or Q trains and get off on the Stillwell Avenue Station. As for when you’re done with the hot dog eating contest, it’s New York City! Enjoy it.

The city is full of museums, parks and one-of-a-kind experiences for both families and for adults enjoying the city without children. With patriotism on the mind, though, the American Museum of Natural History, American Folk Art Museum and the Statue of Liberty should be at the top of your itinerary.

After a day filled with Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests and adventuring around the city, everyone can sit back as the sun goes down and enjoy some of the best fireworks displays in the United States.

Thanks to, tourists in New York City can find a place to watch the fireworks from wherever they are. The city has expanded the fireworks display this year, and the action will be viewable from lower Manhattan to Queens.

With the city’s proximity to so many historical locations and the excitement surrounding the 2015 edition of the Nathan’s Hot dog Eating contest, many travelers will come to the city for gluttony, but stay for the patriotic celebration.

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