July 4 at 3700 Main

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With the sun beating down to the tune of 100 degrees in the shade and police checkpoints every mile or so, Rocks Off decided the most prudent way to spend his Fourth of July was to stay put. Luckily, the Island was hopping with a burlesque show and backyard barbecue at the Continental Club, garage-rock-versus-fatback-R&B DJ showdown at the Big Top and the usual case of Saturday night fever at the Mink, it turned out to be a fine Independence Day (and night) indeed. PHOTOS BY CHRIS GRAY