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When the fireworks are over: Our picks for the 4th

Screw not having fun in the middle of the week. Our founding fathers would roll in their graves if they thought you weren't celebrating your independence because you didn't want a monster hangover for work on Thursday. You big baby. Nut up and check out these Independence Day parties.

Follow the stream of ravers 35 miles out of town to experience the 30-plus DJs and truckloads of lighting and stage setups of “Unite,” sort of a baby Burning Man taking place at an undisclosed location. Visit for more info. … The people throwing the no-cover "Red, White and Burn" at Royal House are not only going to Burning Man, but are building a soundcamp (think a temporary outdoor nightclub, with real DJs) for that festival. The Black Rock Syndicate founders are teaming up with Osiris, and "Red, White and Burn" is the collaboration's local fundraiser party. MikeAttack, Spacebyrdz, Brett Rubin and Stellar round out a formidable lineup of local DJs providing the tunes. ... Tigerblood, Yeah! Yeah! and DJ Mabeline preside over the decks at the '80s/rockabilly-leaning “Red White & Booze” at Artifice. ... On the live music front, Dude City and Deadhand joins The Mad Caps on their homecoming show at The Bunkhouse. … Restless Suns, Tinglerz and Not in the Face play Beauty Bar’s freebie "Indie-Pen-Dance" event. … And if you feel like braving the Strip dance spots this 4th, the must-see-option is British producer/DJ Eric Prydz, who hasn't spun in Vegas since W was president. Catch the ace remixer at Surrender.