A summertime staple, a cookout classic, or a ballpark treat.

Whether its mustard or ketchup, however, you like your dog, Wednesday is a day to celebrate.

In Waterbury, when it comes to hot dogs, Frankies is the spot.

Customers at Frankies said they don’t necessarily need a day to celebrate, but it sure is a good excuse to grab a dog.”

“Everything I love everything about it. I love the toppings, just everything. I like the onions and the relish, that’s my favorite,” said Vianney Deleon of Waterbury.

When it comes to the hot dog. there’s no right or wrong way...

Just dress them however you like, and chow down.

“My uncle Frank and my father started in 1937,” said Peter Caiazzo.

81 years later, Caiazzo now runs the original Frankies on Watertown Avenue.

“We use a Hummel hotdog, which is the best hotdog in the state,” said Caiazzo.

First frying and then finishing them off on the flat top and grilling them to perfection.

“We sell more hot dogs than I have hair on my head and I’ve got a lot of hair. But we calculated and it’s in the millions since we’ve opened up. Not the billion mark where the arches are, but for one location, we’re doing a good job,” Caiazzo said.

While Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, the average American eats 50 hot dogs a year.

During the peak hot dog season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans consume 7 billion.

“They are so good, worth the trip, the wait, or anything else,” said Peg Loftus of Waterbury.

While fans of the frankfurter were enjoying themselves at Frankies, you could find deals all over the place for national hot dog day.Sonic is offering its chili cheese and all American hot dogs for just $1.

And it’s the same at Seven Eleven, where you can grab a big bite hot dog for a dollar as well.

Back at Frankies, long time customers say it’s fitting today is the day to pay tribute to the tube steak.

“Hot dog is just a summer treat, that tastes so good. A day like today, it’s gorgeous,” Loftus said.

If you didn’t get to celebrate today, don’t worry, there is still time.

In fact, July is National Hot Dog Month.

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