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Star Wars has grown from being a movie to a franchise to a cultural phenomenon. There is no greater evidence of this than the fact that the box-office draw for the latest movie exceeds $2 billion. If you or someone in your family is a big fan of the franchise, you know that May 4th is Star Wars Day. Here are some ways to celebrate the occasion. May the fourth be with you!
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(credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)


Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-7277
www.disneyland.disney.go.com

There’s no better place in Orange County to celebrate Star Wars Day than Disneyland – especially while the Season of The Force is happening. Space Mountain has been transformed to Hyperspace Mountain and makes you feel like you are flying through the galaxy. You’ll also find Star Wars Launch Bay, where you can play games and meet Star Wars characters. On this particular day you’re likely to find lots of people in costume, so feel free to wear yours – or just your favorite Star Wars t-shirt.

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(Credit: Katie Bodell)


Garden Grove Chapman Library
9182 Chapman Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92841
(714) 539-2115
www.ocpl.org

If you have a child who is very interested in Star Wars, this library offers a family event that your Star Wars fan will love. From 4 until 5 on Star Wars Day, the library will have themed activities and crafts that your kids will love. Attendees (yes, including adults) are encouraged to dress in costume. This is an event for all ages. No registration is necessary to participate. Bring the family to celebrate Star Wars.

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(credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)


Barnes & Noble
1923 W Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833
(714) 871-9855
www.barnesandnoble.com

Barnes and Noble might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about celebrating Star Wars Day. However, this is a good place to celebrate the day with the whole family. Here you’ll find a real celebration of the franchise. This event culminates with learning to play the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures game. This is a game that gives you scenarios and lets you pit rebel X-Wings against fighters in a dice game that is sure to occupy your child’s (and maybe your own) attention without staring at electronics.

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(credit: Willrow Hood/shutterstock)


Kelly’s Toy Stop
3024 W Ball Rd., Ste. K
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 828-4577
www.facebook.com/KellysToyStop

If you’ve been a Star Wars fan since you were a kid, maybe part of the reason is because you had a lot of the action figures from the original movies. Maybe you still have them, or maybe you’re mom disposed of them at some point. In any case, if you’re looking for Star Wars action figures, this is a great place to visit. You’ll not only find action figures, but also Lego sets and other merchandise from the movie.

Chewbacca arrives at the "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith" at the Mann Village Theatre on May 12, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


May The Funk Be With You
The Federal Bar
102 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 435-2000
www.lb.thefederalbar.com

OK, so technically this isn’t a celebration of Star Wars. However, it is named after the motto of Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be with You. Think about it as a way to celebrate the date without celebrating the occasion itself. On the bill for this show are: Zach Alwin & Duck Funk, Leather Tramp, The Black Noise, Paisley Shades, Bootleg Orchestra, Chad Martini and Hannah Moroz. So while there’s no tie-in to Star Wars, you’ll have a good time at this show. Plus, you can wear your Star Wars apparel and no one will think less of you. Cover for this all-ages show is $10. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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