What is May the 4th you ask? Read up as we explain exactly what it is and give you several ways you can celebrate at home!
What is Star Wars Day?
Star Wars Day is the adopted day of the year that fans choose to celebrate the enduring phenomenon that is Star Wars. It takes place on 4th May each year, as a pun on the iconic phrase, “May the Force be with you,” phrase which becomes, “May the Fourth be with you.” The pun was first used back in 1979, with Britain’s Conservative Party congratulating Margaret Thatcher in print for taking the prime minister post that day. According to Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, the first organized “Star Wars” event on May 4 took place in 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema.
How to Celebrate May 4th?
There really is no wrong way to celebrate. It’s all Star Wars everything for 24 hours! If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few ideas:
Start the day off with Yoda Yoga in the Jedi Temple, on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. EDT on May 4. RSVP here.
Then grab your family for the Charm City Run Annapolis and dress as your favorite Star Wars character and run or walk to celebrate. Will you run for the Light side or the Dark side? Charm City Run Annapolis is encouraging you to be creative with the items you have around your house to create your Star Wars look. Win a $25 Carm City Run gift card for the Rebels and one for the Empire. You must be registered through eventbrite to win. Run any time on May 4th and sumbit a photo and proof of run/walk.
Due to many of us still being homebound, ReedPop has put together a two-day event called An Online Revelry: May the 4th Be With You and Revenge of the 5th celebration. Star Wars fans can expect all kinds of activities to take part in from the comfort of their own homes.
Watch parties, Q&A sessions, and interviews are all happening with fans as honored guests. Live tweet along with fans all over the world as you watch multiple Star Wars films including Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The event will connect fans with some of the talent and creators who are part of the Star Wars universe. Attendees are encouraged to share shout-outs, photos, videos, and hashtags.
The event will take place across the many social media accounts of Reedpop, including “New York Comic Con, C2E2, BookCon, Emerald City Comic Con, and Florida SuperCon, on both Twitter and Facebook.
Another place to celebrate online is by tuning in to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Facebook page at 3 p.m. EDT on May 4 to hear from Curator Ashley Hannum about the museum’s Star Wars collection.
What to Watch?
Fans can look forward to global premiere of the new eight-episode documentary series, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.” It is an opportunity for fans of the show to take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together and some of the incredibly talented contributors throughout Season 1,” said Jon Favreau. “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.” “
Tune into Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Series Finale, Monday, May 4 After seven seasons, one of the most critically acclaimed chapters in the Star Wars saga, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” will come to a close on a special day, Monday, May 4, giving fans around the world the chance to watch the finale together for Star Wars Day.
Are you a Star Wars noob? Have a movie marathon. Here is a list of all the movies to watch in order of timeline:
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 to 2014)
- Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
- The Clone Wars (2008 to 2014)
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Solo (2018) Star Wars Rebels (2014 to 2018)
- Rogue One (2016)
- Star Wars: Droids (1985 to 1986)
- Episode IV: A New Hope Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978)
- Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016 to 2017)
- Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015) Ewoks (1985 to 1986)
- The Mandalorian (2019) Star Wars: Resistance (2018 to Present)
- Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
- Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2016)
- Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
- Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (2017 to Present)
Throw a Virtual Party
Celebrate May the 4th remotely over Zoom. The real question is which of the Star Wars Zoom backgrounds you should use? To get free Star Wars backgrounds for Zoom:
- Go to StarWars.com/News/Star-Wars-Backgrounds on web browser or mobile.
- Click on desired image(s) to open at full resolution.
- On a browser, right click to download image(s) to your computer. On mobile, click and hold to add to your photos.
- Then, open Zoom and enter Settings.
- In the Virtual Background tab, upload your Star Wars image.
Play Star Wars video games
If you haven’t played the latest Star Wars game yet, you can get it for half-off. Amazon’s priced the digital download codes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on PC (for redemption on Origin) going down to half-off, at $30 (vs the original $60. Better yet, Star Wars Battlefront II is down to just $5.99 on Origin, or $15.99 if you want the Celebration Edition with tons of extra cosmetic items.s-themed pet costumes There are also classic games like Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga that are available on Nintendo Switch.
Make Star Wars crafts
StarWars.com has a ton of cute, fun crafts, from DIY Mandalorian magnets to a Chewie and Porgs rock painting activities. In addition to what they have, we have a few of our own favorites below.
Kindness rocks everyday, so grab some rocks and paint your favorite Star Wars characters on them. Click the picture for directions. Check out more kindness rocks here.
Check out these cute paper crafts using items you already have handy at home. Click the picture for directions.
This colorful Star Wars craft will brighten up anyone’s day. Click the picture for directions.
The Ultimate Fan
If you dare try, make this exploding Death Star cake and Jedi you will be. Click the picture for a step-by-step guide.
Up for another baking challenge? Try these super cute macaroons by our favorite Nerdy Nummies Youtube here.
Great Deals, You Will Find
In addition to all this fun we heard LEGO has two Star Wars Day deals (though select Star Wars Lego sets will be on sale). Starting on Force Friday (May 1) and ending on Star Wars Day itself, all Lego Star Wars purchases over $75 get a free exclusive Death Star II Battle scene set (which has an MSRP of $14.99), complete with A-wing and TIE Interceptor. LEGO VIP members (a free membership) will also earn double VIP points on purchases made during these four days.
How will you spend Star Wars Day? We’d love to see it, tag us on social media and May the 4th be with you!
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