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May the 4th be with you: millions of fans celebrate Star Wars Day

Millions of fans across the world come together to celebrate Star Wars day with a whole galaxy of festivities that include cosplay, marathons, and more. May the Fourth be with you!

Star Wars is one of the most iconic and recognized franchises in the history of science fiction, and has become a pop culture phenomenon who's influence has permeated throughout our culture.

With a veritable galaxy of merchandise and a massive universe of characters, planets and technology, the series has grown into a sensation that has touched millions worldwide, with a dedicated community that grows everyday.

Cosplayers from the Windy City pose with their superlative costume creations in the guise of the nefarious Empire, celebrating Star Wars day in style.

The franchise has numerous expos and events, yet one affair stands out from the rest: May 4th, the official day that honors the fan-favorite franchise. Why May 4th? Well the date was chosen from a witty, pun-filled slogan which can be found all across the internet and even at your local mall: "May the Fourth be with you".

Aurra Sing, the ruthless bounty hunter, portrayed in flawless detail by one dedicated cosplayer. (~Linnara, DeviantArt)

This year's Star Wars Day culminates in thousands of parties, festivities and celebrations where die-hard and casual fans alike come together to honor the mystique and majesty of George Lucas' landmark films. 

Cosplayers from both the Empire and Rebellion set aside their differences to pose for an epic photo with plenty of lightsabers and Force action. (Max Morse, Getty Images)

Star Wars Day isn't just being celebrated with house parties and marathons; Disney Parks will also be holding a series of official Star Wars-themed events that will feature visits from Star Wars favorites like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett along with many other recognizable faces and characters.

A Stormtrooper and Rebel pilot square off at a Star Wars Day celebration. (Sergio Dionisio, Getty Images)

The official Star Wars Blog also chronicles many of the special events and products available on this landmark day, with many collectibles, souvenirs and merchandise designed to honor the franchise as well as distinguish longtime fans.

The Mos Eisley cantina band also stopped by to serenade fans with their ironic tunes. (tr.robinson, Flickr)

Whether you're celebrating Star Wars day at home with a few friends watching the films, or are at a full-fledged cosplayers ball dressed up as C3PO, today is the day that brings out the geek in all of us.

Amazing portrayal of Darth Talon! (*Maru-Light, DeviantArt)

On the gaming front, the online digital marketplace Steam is celebrating the fourth with deep discounts on just about every Star Wars game in the catalogue. Be sure to head on over to Steam to take a gander!

There are many titles up for grabs, and many classics like Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II have been marked down to little more than a dollar! 

You can also find more recent RPG releases in Steam's Star Wars Collection including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for a meager $3.39 and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II for just $6.79. Hardcore Star Wars fans can buy the entire bundle which includes all fourteen games for $49.99, saving quite a bit of change and delving into a variety of Star Wars adventures that range from starship shooters to RPG's.

If you're more of the social type and are dying to show off your newly fashioned Chewbacca costume, check below for some of the official Star Wars Day celebrations being held all across the galaxy: 

Date Location Event
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Online Virtual Chat with Star Wars Authors
Chronicle Books hosts a special virtual chat with authors Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and SonVader’s Little Princess), Dan Wallace (The Jedi PathBook of Sith), and Jonathan Rinzler (The Sounds of Star Wars), featuring sneak peeks of upcoming Star Wars books and more!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 USA LEGO Model Building at LEGO Stores
Build an exclusive model of the Holocron Droid from The Yoda Chronicles, an upcoming three-part Cartoon Network special! At LEGO stores nationwide!
Friday, May 3, 2013 – Saturday, May 4, 2013 Arizona – Window Rock Navajo Nation Museum: Auditions for Navajo-Language Dub of Star Wars
Open auditions for key roles including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia!
Friday, May 3, 2013 – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Minnesota – Roseville Fantasy Flight: The Star Wars Game Experience
A weekend of RPG gaming in a galaxy far, far away, with competitions, developer presentations, and special guests! The first 150 early registrants will receive exclusive gifts: a souvenir T-shirt, a commemorative draw-string dice bag, and a custom name badge!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 North America Free Comic Book Day
Dark Horse Comics presents a special all-ages adventure, featuring Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Available in comic shops nationwide!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 USA LEGO Model Building at Toys”R”Us
Build a mini version of Jek-14′s Stealth Starfighter, as featured in upcoming The Yoda Chonicles special on Cartoon Network. Building event runs from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at all participating Toys”R”Us stores!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 California – Anaheim Star Wars ACME Archives Artist Showcase with Mike Kungl
At D-Street in the Downtown Disney District in Disneyland from 1:00-6:00 p.m., painter Mike Kungl signs autographs and debuts some of the newest ACME Archives Star Wars-inspired pieces from his collection!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 California – Los Angeles Entertainment Weekly‘s “May the 4th Be With You” Return of the Jedi Celebration
A special Return of the Jedi event! In honor of the classic film’s 30th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly‘s CapeTown Film Festival offers a full day of screenings and surprises at the legendary Egyptian Theatre!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 California – San Francisco Super7′s May the 4th In-Store Spectacular
Located on San Francisco’s legendary Haight St., collectible toy store Super7 hosts a special May the 4th event featuring celebrity guests, exclusive merchandise, security provided by members of the 501st, and lots more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Colorado – Denver Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum’s Star Wars at the Hangar
Celebrate the world of Star Wars in this day-long event! Climb in the cockpit of an actual X-wing, train with the Jedi Lightsaber Academy and take home your own foam saber, attend Trooper Training School with real Stormtroopers, and lots more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Florida – Orlando Star Wars Weekends Special Preview
A special first look at what fans can expect later this summer at Disney’s Star WarsWeekends!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Florida – Tampa Tampa Bay Storm Star Wars Day Celebration
Special Star Wars ticket packages available for the Storm’s game versus the New Orleans Voodoo: includes May the 4th T-shirt, entry into a contest to win tickets to Star Wars Weekends, and more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Florida – Winter Haven LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Star Wars Miniland Yoda Build
LEGOLAND Florida hosts a special collaborative Yoda construction!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Nebraska – Omaha Omaha Storm Chasers Celebrate May the 4th
The Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Memphis Redbirds on May the 4th. Celebrate Star Wars with fireworks and Star Wars jerseys being auctioned off post-game!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Philadelphia Union Star Wars Day Special
Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union host a Star Wars-themed day at PPL Park, including costume contests, giveaways, and more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Tennessee – Jackson Jackson Generals Celebrate Star Wars
The Jackson Generals (Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) take on the Jacksonville Suns in a doubleheader Star Wars Day celebration! Watch a Star Wars-themed fireworks spectacular, interact with costumed characters, and more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Utah – Salt Lake City Real Salt Lake Host Star Wars Day
Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake celebrate May the 4th at Rio Tinto Stadium when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, with Star Wars characters stationed throughout the stadium and much more! Use coupon code R2D2 for special $18 tickets to the match!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Virginia – Norfolk Norfolk Tides Star Wars Day Special
The Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, take on the Syracuse Chiefs and celebrate Star Wars Day! The first 500 attendees ages 14 and under will receive a free lightsaber, costumed characters will appear at the park, and more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 Canada DK Publishing May the 4th Celebrations at Chapters/Indigo Stores
Pose for pictures with your favorite characters, win Star Wars prizes, and much more!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Monday, May 6, 2013 United Kingdom LEGOLAND Windsor LEGO Star Wars Days
Three days of LEGO Star Wars fun! Celebrate the power of the Force with lightsaber lessons, costume competitions, LEGO character and mosaic builds, LEGO Star Wars TV specials screenings, and lots more!
Sunday, May 5, 2013 California – Carson LA Galaxy “Revenge of the 5th” Star WarsNight 
The LA Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo on May 5, and all attendees will receive an exclusive Star Wars/LA Galaxy scarf!

Timetable via official Star Wars Day website.

CFBe sure to head on over to the Star Wars blog or the official Star Wars Day website to check out what events are going on in your area, and as always, May the 4th be with you!

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Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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