AK Press' Annual Fuck the 4th Sale: What better way for an alternative press to say screw you to the USA than to ... make people buy stuff? Huh. I guess we're all still capitalists at heart. Come to AK Press to buy very cheap books, CDs, videos, DVDs, and more. Mon., July 4, 4-10 p.m., free. AK Press, 674A 23rd St. (at San Pablo), Oakland, 510-208-1700.
American Rhythm & Roots Festival at the Marin County Fair: Junior Brown, Angela Strehli, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, Doyle Bramhall, Sister Morales, and Houston Jones pump out the bluegrass and Americana tunes at this spirited concert. Sun., July 3, 1:30-9 p.m., $10-$12, www.marinfair.org. Marin County Civic Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 472-3500.
Aqua Poolside 4th of July Celebration: A 10-hour dance party in the sun will surely make even the most stubborn commie pinko tool feel warm and fuzzy about the U, S, of A. DJs David Harness, Dimitris Mykonos, Dino Ornido, Brian Salazar, Trevor Mijares, Paolo Dava, Johanson, The Queen, Velasco, and Corneliu spin a mix of club favorites, house, and electro beats as you sit poolside at one of the city's swankiest clubs. Sun., July 3, 12-10 p.m., $32. Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy (at Polk), 885-5088, www.bambuddhalounge.com.
Big Band Beat! at the Marin County Fair: "Eclectic" Motown and modern rock band throws it down for the moms and dads to dance until they drop. Mon., July 4, 6 & 8 p.m., $10-$12, www.marinfair.org. Marin County Civic Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 472-3500.
California Dreaming -- A Summer Celebration & Salute to California: Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in tunes ranging from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song and Bernard Herman's Vertigo score to a Brian Wilson Beach Boys medley. Gigantic fireworks display to follow at nightfall. Mon., July 4, 8 p.m., $13.50-$28.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy. (at Rengstorff), Mountain View, 650-967-3000.
Club Dread: Who needs fireworks when you're stoned out of your mind, dancing and digging on the irie reggae, dub, roots, and dancehall beats? Mon., July 4, 10 p.m., $5. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.
Endup's Fourth of July After-Hours Party: Talented DJs Pete Avila and Adrian spin beats for those of us too awake with fueled patriotism to sleep. This SOMA nightspot turns into the perfect post-Independence Day party for a good turn around the dance floor and a potent round of Bloody Marys. Wed., July 6, 4 a.m. Endup, 401 Sixth St. (at Harrison), 357-0827.
Equipto & Mike Marshall K.I.M. Party: Hip hop and rap music, as incendiary and controversial as they are, can seem like fireworks in and of themselves. Artists Mike Marshall, Equipto, Smoov-E, Pat Rick, Jackpot, Salaz, Dank Harvest, and DJ Pause in the Mix perform said genre live at this Independence Day concert. Mon., July 4, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Blake's on Telegraph, 2367 Telegraph (at Durant), Berkeley, 510-848-0886.
Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina: Face painting, bike decorating, and all-around clean fun for the entire family will be had at this bash. Free sailboat and dragon boat rides happen in the early afternoon, while fireworks explode in the sky at 9:30 p.m. Sadly, though, this is an alcohol-free event. (Hide those boot flasks well, folks!). Mon., July 4, 12-10 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 210 University (at Marina), Berkeley, 510-981-6740, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina/.
Boy George: Former Culture Club lead singer and current popular DJ/grouch spins at this SOMA nightclub. DJs Marc Vedo, Gianni, Taj, Dimitris Mykonos, Matthew Baker, Nikita, Jonathan Ojeda, and more also hit the decks in between the living icon. Sun., July 3, 10 p.m., $15-$20. Ten 15 Folsom, 1015 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 431-1200.
Jack London Square's Independence Day: Oakland's largest Fourth of July party kicks off in the afternoon with music, international foods, arts, crafts, and fun activities for the kiddies. At 9:15 p.m. look up as the sky explodes with fire and color. Mon., July 4, 1-10 p.m., free, www.jacklondonsquare.com. Jack London Square, Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-814-6000.
Louis Armstrong Birthday Bash: Strange since IMDB.com lists his birthday as Aug. 4, but nonetheless, celebrate this American icon along with the U.S. at this bash. Dixeland and classic jazz tunes rule when Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz Band and songstress Miss Faye Carol perform. Mon., July 4, 8 & 10 p.m. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West (at Washington), Oakland, 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
Pat's Trio: Fuse your pride of two countries by enjoying acoustic Celtic tunes on Independence Day. Mon., July 4, 2-4 p.m., free. Pat Ryan's Celtic Junket, 160 University (at Marina), Berkeley, 510-548-5335.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Marin County Fair: New Orleans septet performs two jazz concerts at the family-friendly fair, dusting off such crowd favorites as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" Mon., July 4, 2 & 4 p.m., $10-$12, www.marinfair.org. Marin County Civic Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, 472-3500.
Red, White, & Blues Festival at the Alameda County Fair: Come party (or feel the blues, depending on your political perspective) at this Fourth of July celebration at the Alameda County Fair. Maria Muldaur & the Louisiana Hot Band, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, Kathleen Cairns & Tattoo Blue, Henry Clemente & the Gumbo Band, Motor Dude Zydeco, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, & The Caravan of Allstars perform a daylong concert. Mon., July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $4-$6. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton (at Rose), Pleasanton, 925-426-7600.
San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds: The Bay Area's best -- that's right, best -- baseball team takes on the Cincinnati Reds. What better way to honor our country than to catch one of its favorite pastimes: watching men in tight uniforms frolic in the grass, chasing balls. Mon., July 4, 1:05 p.m., $12-$50. SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third & King Sts.), 972-2000.
San Francisco's Fourth of July Waterfront Festival: Pier 39 blows shit up and celebrates the birth of the USA with live local funk and '80s cover bands Double Funk Crunch and Tainted Love. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Mon., July 4, 12-10 p.m., free. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500, www.pier39.com.
USS Hornet Fourth of July Party: Watch fireworks from the flight deck, and enjoy music and activities for kids, including the 2005 Fun Box Tour featuring professional skateboarders. So much family fun, you'll die. Mon., July 4, 2-10 p.m., $5-$15. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, 510-521-8448.