Star Wars Fans Celebrate May the Fourth (Be With You)

Chewbacca and Harrison Ford star in a scene from “Star Wars The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy that looks a lot like this one, someone realized that "May the Fourth" sounds like "May the force (be with you)" and alas, Star Wars Day was born. It's the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi film franchise. Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all seven of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977's A New Hope, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. It was an instant classic. Thanks to streaming television service Sling TV, you can actually stream the first six Star Wars films free online, on demand so you can watch them whenever you want.

Some fans even boldly suggested that Thursday's widely anticipated announcement from Buckingham Palace was Star Wars-related.

They can also now see plans for the new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland and Disney World.

A Wired profile of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the story group as "a "Star Wars" writers' room and as the guardian of its timeline". Back then, Timothy Zahn kicked off what would be an unprecedented publishing slate that has seen hundreds of Star Wars novels released since.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote a song for The Force Awakens, is proud to be a Star Wars fan.

Government officials from various parts of the world, including Australia, Russia, Canada and the United Kingdom, also shared messages under the tagline May the Fourth be with you.

At Hallmark Gold Crown Stores (not Hallmark.com), pick up a free "Star Wars" pin set when you spend $15 on select "Star Wars" gifts on May 4 and 5. Target is offering 20% off select Star Wars toys online.

The Royals, knowing full well of the day's importance, tweeted that they will be giving away a "Star Wars" specific bobblehead featuring catcher Drew Butera on September 10.

Read a "Star Wars" story to your kids for bedtime.

May the Fourth be with you!

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