Star Wars fans around the world have turned May the 4th into unofficial Star Wars Day — not for any particular meaning, other than how “May the 4th” sounds when you say it out loud.
If you’re not comfortable wearing your Wookiee costume to work or school to celebrate, there are still some ways to mark the day.
Try any of these and the 4th will be strong with you.
Work a Star Wars quote into conversation
Sure, it’s easy enough to say, “May the 4th be with you.” Or answer your loved one’s “I love you” with, “I know.” But let’s try to be a little more creative. Here are a few Star Wars quotes you can deploy in some familiar situations:
- Someone says you look nice today: “When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.”
- Your kid brings home a good grade: “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”
- Trash talking over a board game? “Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
- Someone expresses skepticism: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
- Walk past someone laughing in the hall: “Laugh it up, fuzz ball.”
- Need a handy insult? The one you’re looking for is: “Stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder.” Try not to use this one on your boss.
Try your hand at crafts
With just a few colors of polymer clay, some toothpicks and a template from Disney, you can make your own clay Ewok. Make one a day from now until the new movie opens in December, and you will have a real army. If you’re creatively inclined, the same colors would make a nice Wookiee.
Get in the mood for December
May the 4th marks a mere 227 days until the release of “The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18. We would normally recommend a traditional marathon viewing of the original Star Wars trilogy for today. But since the government has somehow failed to recognize May the 4th as a federal holiday, work and school may interfere with this plan. So pick your favorite Star Wars movie — or “Rebels” episode — or just go online and watch the new trailer for “The Force Awakens” another hundred times.
Stock up on Star Wars gear
We tried to make this a budget-friendly celebration. With “Force Awakens” merchandise hitting the shelves Sept. 4, we thought it better to wait and save our pennies. But there are a number of Star Wars Day deals out there. StarWars.com has collected retail offers as well as digital deals on everything from toys and clothing to M&Ms and video games.
But wait, there’s more …
What comes after May the 4th? Revenge of the 5th, of course. If you want to keep the celebration going, bake a batch of Chewbacca cupcakes or whip up some light saber chocolate pretzels. Both require a few ingredients you might not have in the cupboard, but you can pull off either one in under an hour of hands-on time.