A number of special observances are held in July — three of them just naturally go together.

It's not only National Grilling Month, but it's also National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month.

Whether we call them frankfurters or just plain hot dogs, Americans eat some 7 billion of them during the summer months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While more hot dogs are consumed during the summer, they are popular all year round — part of some $37 billion of processed meats sold in the U.S. each year.

And when it comes to ice cream, we especially savor the cold treat during the summer, but spoon it out all year long. Americans consume a per capita average of 21 pounds of frozen dairy products annually.

By the way, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day. You've got a week to prepare!

Meanwhile, National Hot Dog Day is July 23. Why the heck is that being celebrated on a weekday this year?