Four Ways to Celebrate May the 4th
By MJ Wilke
Star Wars Day, May 4, as in May the Fourth (Force) Be With You, is celebrated worldwide. This year offers many opportunities to embrace your fandom. With May 4, 2020, landing on a Monday and the whole world in various levels of stay-at-home, it’s the perfect time to have a Star Wars weekend capping off the festivities on Monday, May 4.
So many choices – movies and TV series. There is something for everyone and every age.
The Clone Wars – Final Season Series Finale. At one minute past midnight on Monday, May 4, Disney+ will release the final episode of the series. The weekend before is the perfect time to get caught up on the series or re-watch favorite episodes. As a bonus, Disney+ will air a new behind-the-scenes show on May 4, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian.”
Movie marathon. With nine films in the Skywalker Saga, make it a two-day light side/dark side marathon for May the Fourth (force) and May the Fifth (Sith).
Binge something new to you. There are so many Star Wars options, you may not have seen them all: The Mandalorian, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Forces of Destiny, LEGO Star Wars, just to name a few of our favorites. Explore!
Again, so many choices. Make it a combo weekend, then super-size it. Grab a book; there are literally hundreds of Star Wars books. “Star Wars: Thrawn” is available in all formats, including audiobook, and a new Thrawn trilogy book releases this fall, so now’s the time to get caught up. Choose your favorite movies or TV episodes to watch. Fill your space with music from the brilliant mind of John Williams, start with the original soundtrack and then weave your way through the plethora of Star Wars music. And finish up your super-sized weekend with your own adventure in the worlds of Star Wars interactive: games, virtual reality, Star Wars app.
Get crafty; from a crocheted Baby Yoda to a toilet paper roll Lightsaber – it’s all out there. Pinterest and Starwars.com have dozens of craft projects. Be a Jedi Master in the kitchen; you can find cookbooks, aprons and more – Le Creuset even has a line of Star Wars items. Create a May the Fourth 4k track in your backyard, and include water bottle labels and T-shirts, or even costumes to run in. For more information on virtual races see: Staying Fit and Nerdy at Home.
At the end of a long Star Wars day or weekend, gather in your personal Mos Eisley Cantina and put on some Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes on the stereo. Then raise a toast to the man who started it all and all the people over the years who have helped make the magic happen. Be it blue milk or a Skywalker red. (Bonus: George Lucas’ Skywalker Vineyards is having a May the Fourth sale: the fourth bottle is on them!)
May the Force Be With You!
MJ Wilke is the founder of Wayward Nerd. She is a road warrior. A nerd. A trekkie. A whovian. A Star Wars fanatic. She will go where no one has gone before, come back and post it here.