/4/the Fourth be with You!

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What exactly do you do today to celebrate Star Wars?

Today is a day that many geeks look forward to all year long: the fourth of /4/- or “/4/the 4th be with You Day,” according to Star Wars. It isn’t just a fun pun, it is something that turned into a legitimate holiday and celebration that occurs throughout the world – even in countries that don’t call it “May.”¬†

As many legends have it, and according to the origin story recognized by Lucasfilm, the company that produced Star Wars, the phrase was first used on /4/4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister. After that day, the Conservative party allegedly placed an ad in the London Evening News which read, “/4/the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

It took off on social media, and has only been getting bigger and bigger for the last few years. It has taken off and now there are online and in-store deals on Star Wars memorabilia, merchandise, costumes, and gaming. There are special showings of the movies, specialty food offerings, and fan events where everyone can dress up and answer trivia about their favorite films.

Get in the Fourth Mood

So if you are late to the Star Wars holiday, what can you do?

1. Cosplay!

While your costume might not be the best around, it won’t matter as long as you get out and have fun! It is a beautiful spring day and you should get out and enjoy it! All you really need is some make up, and you can probably make a great costume! Look around online for a group that is cosplaying nearby!

2. Watch the movies!

Most online and on-demand services are offering the movies in individual or bundle format today. Grab some friends, some food, and sit back – though you might have to take longer than a day!

3. Donate!

UNICEF and Lucasfilm/Disney have joined forces with a wearable power band that allows fans, young and old, to get moving and help children in need around the world. There is nothing better than giving to those in need!

The next Star Wars movie come out December 18, 2015 – so get started now! If you don’t get what all of the hoopla is about, you are definitely missing out on a great time and a great story. Star Wars tells of the age-old concept of good versus evil in “a galaxy far, far away.”

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