May 4 marks “May the Fourth be with you,” the official “holiday” dedicated to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.
The pun was first used back in 1979, with Britain’s Conservative Party congratulating Margaret Thatcher in print for taking the prime minister post that day.
ABC News’ parent company, The Walt Disney Company, purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and has officially observed the holiday since 2013, with events at Disney parks and other celebrations.
Utah holds the title of the “nerdiest” state in the nation, and a large part of that is built on a very active “Star Wars” fandom. So it should be no surprise that “Star Wars” fans throughout the state are planning several gatherings on May 4 and into the weekend to celebrate.
Here are some of the events you can look forward to on the official “Star Wars” day. And no matter what you end up doing, may the force be with you.
- Viridian, Salt Lake County Library’s event center: “May the Fourth be With You: A Star Wars Affair
- Urban Art Gallery: Star Wars Day/ Heroes and Villains
- Laser Zone Fundraiser: Laser tag with the 501st Legion
- Geocaching in Kaysville
- Art After Dark in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
- The Leonardo, Rebels and Rogues Family Weekend