This week, we celebrate one of the geekiest holidays around, May the 4th. Known as "Star Wars Day," the fan blowout is a pun play on the saga's iconic "May the Force be with you" line, which has pretty much served as a mantra/battle cry for diehards since George Lucas introduced it to the Star Wars galaxy in 1977.
How does one ring in Star Wars Day? Well, how much time do you have? You could binge-watch all nine films, make your own blue Bantha milk recipe, or just wear your favorite Star Wars T-shirt to work if they allow that kind of thing in the office. (We've got ours all picked out, laundered, and suitably pressed.)
Whether you're new to the holiday, are a seasoned pro, or are just looking to geek out extra hard ahead of Solo: A Star Wars Story's release on May 25, here are a few ideas that will have you taking full advantage of Star Wars Day. And after you're done partying on the Fourth, you get to do it all over again on Revenge of the Fifth!
- If gaming is more your speed, head over to the Sony PlayStation Store for discounts on Star Wars games like Battlefront II, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars Pinball.
- With discounts up to 72% off, you can download a ton of Star Wars games and collections from Steam. Some of the titles available for purchase are Star Wars - Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, and Star Wars Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith.
- Re-create the biggest moments from Star Wars in the cutest way imaginable with Funko collectibles, just by using the code "M4BU" for 15% off at checkout. Or, if you wanna count down the minutes until Star Wars Day begins, get yourself a themed clock from BulbBotz for 30% off.
- Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Acembly, Artissimo, Munki Munki, FanWraps, FGX, Gap, Her Universe, High Point Design, Hot Topic, and more are also getting in on the action. Head over to StarWars.com for a full list of all the May the 4th discounts and deals.
- Take a break from all these deals to go head-to-head with your best friend (or enemy) in an augmented reality lightsaber battle as part of Lenovo's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. "Lightsaber Versus Mode" is the second free update since the experience launched last November, but you will need the smartphone-powered Lenovo MirageTM AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon and a compatible smartphone.
"Augmented Reality has been part of the Star Wars experience from the very first film, whether it be the hologram of Princess Leia saying, 'Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi' or the Holochess on the Millneium Falcon," Seth Davis, Director of Product Management at the Disney Connected Experiences Group, told SYFY WIRE at a demonstration of the latest update. "It's been a core part of the [franchise] from the very beginning and we're glad to be able to bring out technology that allows people to have that experience and wield a lightsaber in real life."
- Foot Locker will be releasing its first-ever "capsule collection," which includes Star Wars merchandise that ties into Solo: A Star Wars Story. And you can bet these shirts and hats will please the scoundrel in anyone. The clothing, accessories, and apparel become available online and in select stores May 24, the day before the movie comes out in theaters.
- For more Solo-styled swag, you can head over to BoxLunch for their new line of tie-in casual wear for both men and women. The menswear apparel is described as having a '70s surf-inspired vibe, and there's also a Chewie-themed grooming kit, complete with body cleanser and, of course, hair care product.
- Have Chewbacca sleep next to you every night thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Between May 4 - 9, you can stuff your own Wookie plushie along with a special sound chip for $20. On May 10, you can also pick up a pre-stuffed Millenium Falcon in honor of Solo and outfit Chewie or another plush with Han Solo attire.
- Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the House of Mouse can throw some truly great shindigs worthy of the galaxy far, far away. That's why you should head over to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, for its Star Wars Nite. Passes for the evening of May 3 are already sold out, but you can still take part in the second Disney After Dark event on May 9. Participants will get a chance to collect two movie-themed pins from Solo: A Star Wars Story, attend a book signing with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, and pick up your very own piece of Star Wars artwork. You can get tickets here for $99 a pop.
- When you get thirsty and want some chill music, check out the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Los Angeles. What began as a Star Wars pop-up bar is now a permanent institution on Hollywood Boulevard. The name, if you were wondering, is inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, when he describes the Mos Eisley spaceport to Luke. The fun starts on May 4 at 2 p.m., when the doors open early.
Arrive anywhere between then and 9 p.m. and you'll receive free swag while also being entered into a raffle. Come in costume as your favorite character from any fandom and you'll get an extra raffle ticket. There will also be trivia, signature drinks, and the chance to party it up with actress Angela House, who played Brea Tonnika in the original cantina scene. (Her family also owns ACE Cider, which is served at the bar.) They've got all the cantina mainstays, except, we're guessing, for Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.
Costumes are encouraged, but please, no projectiles.
- Should you happen to live in or near Lakewood, Ohio, The Side Quest bar and grill will be kicking up a May the Fourth celebration. There's a cosplay contest, a Han Shot First tournament, and themed drinks. If you get there between 6 and 7 p.m., you'll get $1 off all themed cocktails. What's not to love?
- How about a Star Wars bar crawl in Norfolk, Virginia? Rebel scum and stormtroopers are allowed to participate in the four-hour crawl, whose $25 cost includes a stadium-style themed cup, two drink tickets, a lightsaber, and drink specials until 9 p.m. You can pick up tickets here.
- Stop by your local LEGO store between May 4 and May 6 dressed as your favorite character and you can participate in an exclusive and totally free Porg Make and Take Build. Supplies are limited, so you should sign up ASAP.
There's also a pretty seet Y-Wing Starfighter from LEGO's Ultimate Collector Series. Within the Star Wars canon, Y-Wings are considered older models when compared to the X-Wings and A-Wings, as the Y-Wing was used during the Clone Wars, which preceded the Rebellion against the Empire by a good 10 years.
This particular LEGO model is not for the faint-hearted, as it comprises 1,967 pieces and costs $199.99 per set.
- Bring your dog to Barley Labs in Durham, North Carolina, which will be hosting a May the 4th celebration by marathoning the original trilogy and holding costume contests for both humans and dogs. Feed your Exogorth-esque appetite with Leia (cinnamon) buns.
- Top off your May 4th experience with a relaxing ride in a Millenium Falcon pedicab made almost entirely out of LEGOs. Rides will be available until 7 p.m. today, beginning at Sixth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets, looping around Bryant Park in New York City. If you'll be in the area, you're encouraged to stop by, take photos, and post them to social media while using the hashtags #LEGOStarWars and #RoarForChange. Chewbacca will also be there.