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Published April 30th 2019
May the Fourth be with you
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars fans all over the world began observing a very special day. That day is May the Fourth (a pun on the famous catchphrase 'May the Force be with you'), held every year as a celebration of all things Star Wars.
Since Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, those two loveable droids, C3-PO and R2-D2, and the not so loveable but absolutely unforgettable Darth Vader blasted their way into our movie screens more than 40 years ago, the Star Wars universe has continued to be as hugely popular as ever before.
If you are a Star Wars fan, then here are seven ways you can celebrate on May the 4th.
1. Enjoy the Star Wars Family Concert at the National Carillon Head on over to the National Carillon on May 4 and hear the familiar tunes of the Star Wars films as they echo out over Lake Burley Griffin. Bring the family, a picnic blanket and settle in as the sounds of Star Wars ring out. You can pack your own picnic or enjoy the food offerings from local food vendors available on site.
You can either purchase a limited-edition $2.20 ticket and relax on Aspen Island to enjoy the show (book your tickets here) or listen for free from surrounding locations. All proceeds of ticket sales will be supporting the Starlight Children's Foundation Australia.
The Star Wars Family Concert will take place on Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the National Carillon, Aspen Island, Wendouree Drive, Parkes. For more information, go here.
2. Go to 'Science at the Movies - Star Wars: the Force Awakens' at Mount Stromlo Observatory. Taking place on May 4 from 7.00pm-10pm, there will be a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed by a panel discussion where you get your chance to ask your most burning questions about the fictional universe. Bookings are essential. You can purchase your tickets here.
Your ticket includes a slushie and popcorn. Dressing up as your favourite Star Wars character is also HIGHLY encouraged!
3. Join in the fun at 'Star Wars-Trivia Strikes Back' at the Copper Dragon
In honour of May the 4th, the Copper Dragon Tavern at Tuggeranong will be hosting their first ever Star Wars trivia night.
Tickets are $5 (Han) Solo adventurers (bar seats only); $15 per table of 2-4 players, and $25 per table of 5-9 players. Pay at the door. Costumes are strongly encouraged-there will be a Best dressed prize up for grabs! Trivia starts at 7pm and will conclude around 9pm. Bookings are essential. Go here to secure your places.
4. Visit the 'Star Wars: Identities' Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
I don't think there's a better way to celebrate Star Wars day than light speeding your way out of Canberra and visiting the galactically superb 'Star Wars: Identities' exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The exhibition, developed and produced by X3 Productions in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd, brings together 200 original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork from the Star Wars films, all in the one location. My favourite exhibit-and the one Star Wars thing I've always longed to see since childhood!- is Han Solo in his famous frozen pose.
Place a Han Solo toy in a plastic container filled with water, pop the container inside the freezer on the night of May 3, and then take the container out on Star Wars Day. Your Han Solo should be frozen completely. And so your children's challenge is to rescue him using whatever tools/implements they have. My son always uses his toy drill to save Han!
6. Buy a Star Wars Lego set especially for the day and build it.
You can now buy a wide range of Star Wars Lego sets from stores such as Big W, Kmart and Target. So why not buy a set (or two or three) and build it especially on Star Wars Day?
7. Have a Star Wars movie day/night.
Gather your family or friends, pop some popcorn, and watch a Star Wars movie or two. Or why not binge watch the whole lot? It's Star Wars Day, after all!
However you celebrate Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you, Canberra!