While some people know the Fourth of July for its fireworks and patriotism, in the world of competitive eating, there's only one thing that the holiday brings to mind: hot dogs. Every year, Nathan's Famous hosts its annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island. Joey Chestnut, who has taken the title for the past four years, won again this year, scarfing down 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
It was the first time that the competition had male and female categories, and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas took home the female title after eating 40 hot dogs. Although Chestnut's rival, Takeru Kobayashi, was not allowed to compete in Nathan's Famous contest, he staged a hot dog eating in New York at the exact same time.
Kobayashi claimed a new world record by downing 69 hot dogs. Are you interested in competitive eating?