Happy Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You

For Star Wars fans, there's nothing more rewarding than meeting the actors who played the heroes (and even the villains) that they grew up loving. And, it turns out, plenty of your favorite Instagram celebrity pets are proud Star Wars fanatics, too.

At Build-A-Bear, customers can get a free lightsaber when they spend $50 on a "Star Wars" bear through May 4. What some may not know about is the celebrations that take place the day after on May 5th.

Thursday is the second-biggest day of the year for "Star Wars" fans.

Costume parties, movie marathons and fun runs were among the special events being staged in NY and other cities worldwide on Star Wars Day.

If May 2019 sounds like a long time to wait, watch the first trailer for the eighth Star Wars movie, "The Last Jedi", which hits theaters December 15.

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"I liked Star Wars since I was small", said Annie Tseng, a 40-year-old communications specialist dressed as the series' black-helmeted arch villain, Darth Vader.

He stressed that arguably one of the smartest things George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars ever did was sign on for the merchandising rights of Star Wars back in 1977. The good news is, what has become "Star Wars Day" is typically crammed with all sorts of different promotions surrounding the Star Wars universe.

Want to celebrate with your fellow Star Wars fans today on May the Fourth?

Disney, who own the film franchise, are hosting a number of events at their parks, including special Star Wars Nights on May 5 and 6 at Disneyland Paris.

"It has very much the quality of the late romantic, early 20th century, so if you're used to conducting Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Star Wars isn't quite a lot different".

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