Hot Dog Day

A summertime favorite for more than 45 years, the tradition continues each year on the 1st Friday of August!

Featuring 25¢ hot dogs, chips and bottled water at various locations throughout the downtown, along with sidewalk sales, a car wash, fun fair and more!

The grilling begins at 11:00 AM continues until sold out or 2:00 PM, whichever occurs first and will vary by site.

We’re aiming for 7,680 hot dogs this year!!

See you on August 2, 2024!

2024 Cooking Sites:

Air Play Espresso & Bakery
115 E. 3rd Street
PLUS 25¢ chocolate chip & peanut butter cookies!

Bardier & Ramirez Real Estate
415 Locust Street

Build-A-Pet Clubhouse
502 First Avenue
PLUS Christmas in July(ish) sales continues and $15 mini Build-a-Pets!

Champs on Light Street
9 E. 3rd Street
Don’t miss out on Ella & Jesse’s Famous Lemon Shakeups!

County Market
210 W. 3rd Street

Golden Key Gifts
Corner of Avenue G & W. 4th Street

Grummert’s Hardware
424 Locust Street

Midland States Bank @ Showplace Antiques
307 First Avenue

Sterling Police Department
City of Sterling City Hall
212 3rd Avenue (south parking lot)

The Mercantile Ballroom + Cocktail Lounge
117 W. 3rd Street

Thanks to County Market, Sterling Walmart Supercenter (#891),  the Walmart Distribution Center and Grummert’s Hardware for helping with our supplies!

The Official 2024 Hot Dog Day T-shirt

Pre-order is now Closed.  Limited quantities will be available for day of sales for $10 each.   Stop by the Sterling Main Street office, located in the Sanborn Building at 15 E. 3rd St, from 11 AM – 2 PM to get your official 2024 Hot Dog Day t-shirt!

Thank you to our 2024 T-shirt Sponsors

Air Play Espresso & Bakery • Bardier Ramirez Real Estate • Brink’s • CGH Medical Center • Champ’s on Light Street • Climbing Cliff’s Tree Service • D & E Furniture • Educators of Beauty • Edward Jones Agent Nick Lareau • El Hijo • Golden Key Gifts • Hooties Designs •  Kurt & Brian Properties • Lucky Lucy’s • Regional Media (WSDR/WSSQ/WZZT) • Revive Boutique • Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce  • Sauk Valley Bank • Sterling Federal Bank • Sterling Theater 

FREE children’s games, activities and inflatables
from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Sterling Marketplace
111 W. 2nd St, Sterling, IL

With thanks to our friends at the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for their coordination of this!

Games & activities hosted by: BLIND Leadership • Birth to Five IL • Hope Wellness Center • LSSI • NAMI • ROE #47 •  St. Paul Lutheran Church • Sterling Federal Bank • TCOC • Heritage YWCA of the Sauk Valley • DD Homes •  Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois • Newman High School • Silver City Light House • Sauk Valley Bank •  Whiteside County 4-H  • Kreider Services/ComEd Energy Program • HeatlhCare Plus •  Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA • Impact Life • Allure of Sterling • Mike Sprague State Farm • P&P Industries • Elevate Youth Center • DCFS • Four C’s Community Coordinated ChildCare • First Student Bussing •  RSVP/LifeScape Services

Click on the links in the map below for all the who, what and whens for all the happenings!

  • Don’t miss $5 haircuts at Educators of Beauty ALL.DAY.LONG.
  • $1 SnoCones at Primitive Frills 
  • 3Twelve is serving up all sorts of fun flavored lemonades and energy drinks for the event.  
  • $6 4-packs of craft brews at Rusty Fox Wine & Alehouse from 11-4
  • 20% off all boutique and salon retail at Fringe & Co!
  • FREE Ice Cream Cups at CGH Vision Center (while supplies last)
  • JoJo Moreno Custom Woodcrafts, Purrfect Sweets & Treats, drink specials and chili cheese fries @ Lisa’s Brickhouse!


Check back often as the list of fun just keeps growing!

Your online map to all the activities!

Special thanks to the BLIND Leadership youth for their assistance throughout the downtown!

2023 Hot Dog Day Highlights

Join us for a mural treasure hunt. Thanks to our Mural Committee members and the Sterling Kiwanis, learn about the history of the murals and our ongoing efforts to preserve and restore them. Stop by the “Sterling Hydraulic Co.,” the “Lady Zouaves,” the “Ringling Brother Circus Fire,” and “The Sterling ‘Secret Six’,” to learn more! (See locations on map below)

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