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BP Weekender: Six things to do in Brooklyn this weekend July 2-4

Reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo held onto their titles in 2020.
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Friday, July 2

An immersive light experience at City Point: Check out Light Leaks from artists Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan. Housed in a storefront in the mall through the month of July, the installation features a huge cluster of glistening disco balls, and the walls are covered in millions of tiny lights, giving the impression of an endless room. July 2-31 at 445 Albee Square W. across from Joybird store, $10 tickets here

Dreamland Roller Disco: Roller skating is back in vogue in Brooklyn, and this party is the premier place to experience it. Emcee Lola Star is behind the mic for the weekly retro disco party, where tunes from the 1970’s, 80s, 90s, and present day are bumped and attendees are encouraged to dress up in retro outfits to strut the red carpet.  July 2 at LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park at 7 pm, $24 admission, ages 21 and up. 

Saturday, July 3 

Mini golf in MetroTech!: Brooklyn Commons has set up a miniature golf course in the heart of downtown Brooklyn’s biggest office campus through July 11. Grab a group no bigger than four and tee off beneath the shade of the tree canopy in MetroTech. Brooklyn Commons Park, 11am-8pm through July 11, closed July 4. 

Hello Dolly!: Celebrate the Queen of Nashville at The Bell House on June 14 when Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts bring their act to Brooklyn. With their show dubbed “Doll Parts: Dolly Saves America!” the trio honor the music of the Iron Butterfly while also making it their own, and pay tribute to the small role the country star played in funding the development of the coronavirus vaccine. July 3 at 149 Seventh St. near Third Avenue at 7 pm, $20, vaccination required, tickets here.

Sunday, July 4 

Fireworks!: Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are back after a pandemic pause. The pyrotechnics are launching just after dark on Sunday in the East River close to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Waterfront parks like Domino Park, WNYC Transmitter Park, and Marsha P. Johnson State Park will also offer views of the display. South Brooklynites can also head to Coney Island to catch the revived weekly fireworks show (starting with a big holiday blowout) at the People’s Playground at around 10 pm.

It’s Hot Dog time: Hot dog it down to Coney Island if you can brave the crowds for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which will be before a live audience at Maimonides Park after going virtual last year. Reigning men’s champion Joey Chestnut, who has won 13 of the last 14 competitions, has a good a chance of coming out on top as ever, but repeat victor Miki Sudo is sitting out this year as she is expecting a child, leaving the women’s competition wide open. Starts at 11 am at 1904 Surf Ave., tickets available here

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