You don't need to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the wonderful pun revealed when saying "May the Fourth be with you" aloud. Not only has that phrase generated the collective groan only a perfect pun can, there's now an entire day celebrating Star Wars as a result -- yes, it's May the 4th. According to the official Star Wars May the 4th site, the use of that pun goes back to 1979. As The Empire Strikes Back chronicler Alan Arnold notes:

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You don't need to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the wonderful pun revealed when saying "May the Fourth be with you" aloud. Not only has that phrase generated the collective groan only a perfect pun can, there's now an entire day celebrating Star Wars as a result -- yes, it's May the 4th. According to the official Star Wars May the 4th site, the use of that pun goes back to 1979. As The Empire Strikes Back chronicler Alan Arnold notes:

“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

Now, Star Wars fans young and old celebrate this important film legacy with parties and events complete with Star Wars themed food and costumes on May 4th, aka Star Wars Day. Coincidentally — or not so coincidentally — George Lucas has a May birthday and the original Star Wars along with five others were released in May, although we won't see the latest, The Last Jedi, until December. Take a look at the official teaser for the new installment and read on for fun ways to celebrate May the Fourth and Star Wars including our picks for the coolest costumes, themed party bites and sips and info how to get the best collectibles. May the 4th be with you!

 

Star Wars party ideas

The most obvious way to celebrate Star Wars Day is a good old fashioned movie marathon. Now that you can get just about all the movies streaming or on DVD, it's easy to just sit right back and binge watch them all. Pick up Rogue One, A New Hope, or the Complete Digital Six Film Collection.

After you've stocked up on the movies, get all your Star Wars party supplies, which simply must include ice cubes shaped like Stormtrooper helmets, so be sure to pick up a few silicone ice trays for molding. You can even use them for chocolate and cheese molds. Here's a great recipe for making your Gouda fit right in. Snack on popcorn made with this cool Star Wars Rogue One Death Star popcorn maker.

Don your Darth Vader suit

Even your furry friend can get into the Star Wars spirit with a Bantha costume from Costume SuperCenter, now 20% off with code JOY. Pick up Stormtrooper costume, a full Yoda mask, or a Supreme Edition Darth Vader mask for kids or grownups.

Don't forget your toddler! Just when you think your two year old can't get any cuter, dress her up as Yoda!

That precious costume is 20% off at Costume Discounters. Awwwww!

Nerd out with Star Wars collectibles

We're all a bit nerdy about something and for many it's Star Wars. EBay has always been a great source of collectibles and swag and we've found a few items to get your Star Wars memorabilia collection off to a great start or to add to the piles already in your family room. First up, a complete vintage Kenner ESB Hoth ice planet adventure set in its original box.

No Star Wars collection is complete without a Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber.

And if you're feeling particularly flush, how about a collection of 35 Star Wars signed autographs, complete with briefcase? Get all of that and more at eBay!