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Star Wars Day:
May The Fourth Be With You

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Cosplayer Lauren Slattery costumes Princess Leia at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, April 2015.
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The Galaxy Far, Far Away Gets A Little Bit Closer On May 4 As Fans Across The Globe Celebrate Their Favorite Franchise On Star Wars Day

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

May 3, 2016 With The Force Awakens reinvigorating the franchise and Rogue One coming out in December (and literally more Star Wars-related media coming out than any one fan can possibly consume), it is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. To celebrate that fact and the monumental influence everything Star Wars has had on their lives, super fans gather on May 4 to observe Star Wars Day, and it is a true representation of just how feverish fans of the franchise are.

Star Wars Day only exists because fans wanted a day dedicated to celebrating their love of the franchise. And, conveniently, the phrase “May the Fourth be with you” just so happened to make picking a date a no brainer. Even though Lucasfilm and Disney have fully embraced the annual event since it started in 2011, it was not an official holiday created by the brand. Rather, it exists because fans willed it into existence.

So, how does a run-of-the-mill superfan celebrate this holiest of days? Arizona Star Wars fans are in luck, because there are a lot of options around town for fans to get out and celebrate their fandom with other like minded fanboys and fangirls.

Something, Something, Something Dark Side at Beer Research Institute
One of the hippest bars in the East Valley, Beer Research Institute, is doing it simple but doing it right for folks who want to get out for Star Wars Day. Fans can head out to the Mesa brewery and enjoy a pint or two of very good beer (including Dark Side Til I Die Imperial Oatmeal Stout) and some grub while the original trilogy plays on every TV in the bar and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon plays in the background. The event will be going on all day at BRI. For more info, check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/467551800105037/.

Star Wars Video Game And Merch Sale
As mentioned previously, Disney and Lucasfilm have really embraced May the Fourth and, as such, have tried to do their best to make the day as fun for fans as possible. Aside from the movies, there are a ton of other things for Star Wars fans to enjoy, perhaps most notably the video games. Luckily for fans, Disney is running a massive sale on Star Wars games across all platforms, including the latest edition of Battlefront.

Aside from the games, Disney is also running a huge sale on all kinds of merch from various retailers. So, grab yourself a LEGO set and a fun Star Wars video game to play and that should make for a great day. Check out all of the video game deals at www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-day-2016-digital-deals and the merch deals at www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-day-2016-deals.

Star Wars X-Wing Event at Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble is getting in on the Star Wars Day fun in a pretty unique and family friendly way. Every single B&N location in the Valley will be hosting an evening event where fans can come in and learn how to play the Star Wars X-Wing board game. The game is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game where players take control of Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters, facing them against each other in combat, utilizing very detailed miniatures.

In addition, some of the best stuff outside of the movies are the Star Wars novels and comic books, so this could be a great opportunity to pick one or two of those up to enjoy as well. For more information and specific times and locations, visit the event page at https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/events?keyword=Star+Wars&storeFilter=nearme&view=events2&src=banner.

Star Wars: The Music at Mesa Arts Center
Last, but most certainly not least, The Mesa Arts Center is bringing back its very popular Star Wars: The Music show, which features The Phoenix Symphony playing the music of Star Wars live. Everything from A New Hope to The Force Awakens will be touched on, and fans are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate in style, if they so desire. Tickets for the concert start at $31. For more information or for tickets, visit the event page at www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/other-presenters/star-wars-the-music.

If all else fails, there is nothing wrong with popping in a Star Wars movie or binge watching The Clone Wars TV series with some friends. Either way, the options are abundant for Star Wars fans this year. May the fourth be with you!
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