The 1977 release of “Star Wars” changed Hollywood forever. Four decades later we’re still enthralled. And now we’re just 230 days away from “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.” It’s the third installment of the sequel trilogy, following “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.” This marks the ninth and final episode of the main Star Wars film franchise. So — Happy Star Wars Day!
It’s party time on Tatooine.
The first organized Star Wars Day took place in Toronto back in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and has officially observed the holiday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ever since.
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"Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge," the 14-acre Disney theme park expansion, will open at Southern California's Disneyland Resort on May 31. A second version of the "Star Wars" land will open three months later at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Host a viewing party
Invite friends over for a movie marathon. (Whether you take them through the behind-the-scenes footage or not is up to you.) Hang decorations and prepare nerd-tastic snacks for the occasion.
Costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Head out in your finest rebel attire, or a themed T-shirt if that’s more your comfort zone.
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Why We Love Star Wars Day
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas had the vision to imagine light sabers and holograms and various kinds of spaceships. And as generations of tech-savvy sci-fi fans grow up, we all get closer and closer to the day when those ideas become reality.
"Star Wars" has transcended the motion picture industry — attaining a pop culture importance that few books or films ever reach. Just the four "Star Wars" features Disney has released since 2015 have grossed more than $4.8 billion.
By celebrating the fictions we create, we can take a deeper pleasure in our lives. Not only that, but imagining ourselves as the heroes of our own lives puts us in a better position to effect positive changes on the world.