The second week of August is making its way into three-digit temperatures in So Cal’s high desert, but fall is only a month and a half away. That means cooler days are coming soon – and so is summer’s last holiday.
Labor Day, only 27 days away, is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September 1887. Three other facts about the holiday are:
- It is the last day of the year to wear white, in high society at least.
- It is the beginning of NFL and college football seasons.
- Labor Day is the summer holiday famous for hot dogs.
How many of those facts were you aware of? My guess is two – Number 2 and Number 3. If those two were voted on by children and adults, Number 3 could easily be the winning choice.
Planning to serve hot dogs on Labor Day? Most people probably don’t plan what they will eat on the holiday this far ahead of time but run to the grocery store on the holiday weekend and grab whatever sounds good at the last minute. It’s smart to decide on the menu in advance so that you can take advantage of sales.
Blogger Patti Cake at PattyCakesPantry.com states that her local grocery store routinely sells hot dogs for $.59 per package before Labor Day. She calculated how much she saves per year by stocking up on the hot dogs when they go on sale. Freezing them for later saves her family money throughout the year.
American families eat billions of hot dogs every year, especially between Memorial Day until Labor Day. There is even a poll on “What’s Your Favorite Hot Dog Condiment?”
Hot dog consumers have plenty of kinds to choose from. There are chicken, turkey, port, beef, cheese and mixed kinds available. If you’re concerned about how they are made, check out www.hot-dog.org to learn what the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has to say.
Which of the following selections do you prefer with your hot dogs?
- mustard and ketchup
- mustard and relish
- onions, mustard, ketchup, relish
- mayo, mustard, ketchup
- mayo, relish, onions
- grilled, wrapped in bacon, with your favorite trimmings
If you haven’t had that last selection – grilled hot dog wrapped in bacon, you’ve got to try it. It’s the best.