Fourth of July hamburger and hot dog eating contests (12 images)

Continuing a Fourth of July tradition, contestants battled to see who could eat the most during hamburger and hot dog eating competitions held in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 3 and 4.

Molly Schuyler ate 21 hamburgers in 10 minutes during Z-Burger's eighth annual Independence Burger Eating Championship in Washington on July 3, securing her championship title for the third year in a row.

Professional competitive eater Joey Chestnut took home his 10th win during the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island in Brooklyn on July 4.

Chestnut set a new event-record by eating 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Updated: July 4, 2017 at 11:27 PM
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Molly Schuyler (R), Bob "Notorious B.O.B." Schoudt (C) and David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli compete in the Z-Burger 8th Annual Independence Burger Eating Championship in Washington on July 3. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Molly Schuyler won this year's contest by eating 21 burgers in 10 minutes. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Patrick "Deep Dish" Bettletti competes. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli competes. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Uneaten hamburgers are seen after the Z-Burger Championship. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Molly Schuyler (2nd-R), Patrick "Deep Dish" Bettletti (R), Bob "Notorious B.O.B. Schoudt (2nd-L) and David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli compete. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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First place winner Molly Schuyler (R) celebrates with Z-Burger founder Peter Tabibian (C) as second place winner David "Tiger Wings and Things" Brunelli stands alongside. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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