How To Celebrate May The Fourth And Get The Most Out Of 'Star Wars' Day

So that the Force will be strong with you.

If you're wondering how to celebrate May the Fourth — also known as Star Wars Day — we've got you covered. Every year on May 4, fans of the films that transports us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, honor the sci-fi franchise. 

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From dressing up as your favorite character — be they part of the Rebel Alliance or part of the Galactic Empire — to having yourself a Star Wars movie marathon, there are infinite ways you can have a good time. You don't have to discover a new species that looks like Yoda or make the cast seem as if they are singing "All Star" by Smash Mouth, but those are always options. 

Here are five of our favorite ways to celebrate this unofficial holiday:

1. Throw on your best “Star Wars” cosplay.

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You don't have to wait for a fan convention or Halloween to throw on your best Star Wars cosplay. Why not rock out in your Jedi garb (if you're on the Light side of the Force) or don a Sith robe (if you're on the Dark side of the Force)? Heck, you can even be a droid or Stormtrooper if you want. You can wear it anywhere in public and wherever is permitted in your daily routine, be it school or work — just be sure your lightsaber will be welcome there. It may take a little extra effort and bravery, but this is a fun activity that fans of all ages can enjoy.

2. Have a movie marathon.

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So far there have been eight main installments of the Star Wars films — an original trilogy, a prequel trilogy, and two in the most recent trilogy. There's also the offshoot, Rogue One. There's at least one more main installment (Episode IX, out around Christmas 2019) and one more offshoot (Solo, out May 25) coming, with others announced, so there's plenty to watch and get excited about. Why not watch some of these with a son who hasn't seen them before or a daughter who has yet to experience them? Or, heck, you can watch them for the millionth time yourself. These movies have inspired generations of cinephiles and there's nothing better than sitting back, having some popcorn, and letting The Force wash over you.

3. Honor the dearly departed Carrie Fisher.

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Ever since Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016, Star Wars fans have been in mourning. It's clear that Princess Leia left quite an impact on both the general public as well as her co-stars. After she died, Mark Hamill wrote a personal essay in her honor and has continued to tribute her ever since. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, expressed how much she loved her mom while other women in the franchise noted how much they were inspired by her. We have unearthed Fisher's audition tape and learned more about Princess Leia than ever before, too. So no matter how you choose to honor this spirited actress — perhaps by reading one of her books or watching something else she was in — it'll be a testament to her legacy.

4. Follow the cast on social media.

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The Star Wars cast is insanely inspiring, just in case you didn't already know that. While we've already paid tribute to Fisher, she isn't the only one worth calling a role model. Longtime star Hamill recently made everyone say "aww" by using his platform to support a young fan. Recent additions have also earned the love of their fans. For instance, Daisy Ridley opened up about her struggle with endometriosis, John Boyega bought a house for his parents, and Kelly Marie Tran honored her Vietnamese roots. No matter who you choose to follow on social media, you're likely to get an endless amount of laughs and life advice from them.

5. Pass along your love to the next generation.

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This is kind of a combo of all the previous suggestions, but if you're a Star Wars fan you should be sharing your love of it with others, and what better day than today? Whether it be with a child, a friend, or another family member of sorts, you should pass on what you know and love about Star Wars to others so that the franchise lives on. With the past being so legendary and the future being so bright, this is one pop culture phenomenon that needs to — and should — live on forever.

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