Friday, May 3, 2019

California Officially Recognizes May 4th As 'Star Wars Day'

By: Benjamin Hart

"Happy Star Wars Day!"

"May the 4th be with you!"

Those are some of the phrases you can hear Star Wars fans telling each other once every year around this time. That's because we are now just hours away from the international(or intergalactic) holiday know as "Star Wars Day", A.K.A May the 4th(be with you). Each year fans across the globe find new and interesting ways to celebrate the special day, despite it being completely unofficial. But now it seems in at least one place in this galaxy Star Wars Day will finally be fully recognized as an official holiday!

On Thursday the California Legislature voted in favor declaring May 4th "Star Wars Day". The resolution came to pass in an effort to recognize the opening of Galaxy's Edge, the latest expansion to Disneyland that will be opening May 31st. With countless Star Wars fans expected to converge on the state later this month, and with Anaheim expecting to take in $14 million in tax revenue from them, California is eager to welcome Galaxy's Edge. And the best way to do that is to devote a statewide holiday to the franchise that inspired the theme park!

To celebrate the occasion, a gigantic hot air balloon shaped like Jedi Master Yoda was put on display in front of California's capitol building, as seen in the video below:

So to everyone around the world, but especially those in California... May the fourth be with you!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, CBS

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