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Happy Fourth of July!

Hope everyone’s Fourth of July is off to a good start. I know we’ve got readers from all over the world here at NN, so, as a British friend of mine calls it, Happy Rebellion Day!

A lot of us are relaxing a bit and enjoying the holiday. We’ll have more content throughout the day, but I figured a Fourth of July open thread was a good idea.

One of the highlights of today is Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. It has been going on for years, and ESPN’s continues to offer coverage of the event. The event gets underway at 9 a.m. PT, and will be broadcast by ESPN2 on television in the United States. A live stream of the action will be available online at WatchESPN and via the ESPN App on various connected devices.

For those who have never watched it, you’re missing out on some true gluttony. The competition lasts 10 minutes, and whoever eats the most hot dogs in that time is crowned the champion. Bay Area native Joey Chestnut is the most notable name, having won the competition nine times. He was upset by Matt Stonie in 2015, but reclaimed the mustard yellow belt last year.

This will serve as an open thread for the contest, and whatever else you want to discuss on this holiday Tuesday. Enjoy!