If you're celebrating independence from a lot of money this Fourth of July weekend, believe us, Rocks Off feels your pain. If you can pry yourself away from the barbecue pit, here's a few other things to do that won't cost much. Friday Grrrl Parts and Dave Wrangler glam it up at Boondocks. Free. James Hyland of the South Austin Jug Band steps out for a solo date at the Continental Club with Rockabilly filly Rosie Flores. $10. Chelsea Hotel and the Ginslingers rock the suburbs at the brand-new Trash Bar in Humble. There's always Classic Numbers... Saturday Beaumont boy Clay Walker, R&B smoothies the Chi-Lites and Delfonics, and locals Mango Punch!, Low Man's Joe and Norma Zenteno open for the fireworks at the City of Houston's annual Freedom Over Texas festival in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Free.
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The Houston Symphony performs familiar July 4 favorites at Miller Outdoor Theater. Cannons! Free. DJs including Psychedelic Sex Panther and Black Slacks stage a U.S. vs. U.K. "Battle of the Blues" at the Big Top. Free. Whiskey Boat's Eric Tucker hosts an all-day party at the Continental Club featuring Austin blooze-rockers Dertybird, Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers, Grizzly, burlesque dancers and lots more. And a watermelon seed-spitting contest. $10. Put some stank on it at Dirty Honey's second-anniversary bash at Boondocks. Free. Texas City folk freaks Come See My Dead Person top a big bill (more burlesque) at Numbers. $10. No telling who'll show up at the Texas Heat Music Festival afterparty at Walter's on Washington. Free.