May the 4th is a holiday for Star Wars fans, many who came out to mark the day at a “May the fourth be with you” program at the Homewood Public Library.
Star Wars has been a part of American culture since 1977 when filmmaker George Lucas had the first showing of the movie “Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope.” In all, there are nine movies in the franchise. The ninth, "The Rise of Skywalker," is scheduled for release in December.
“May the force be with you” was a line in the films used to express good wishes to those going against the enemy. Obi-Wan Kenobi first repeated it to Anakin Skywalker. The holiday takes the phrase and uses it as a pun for the calendar date. Star Wars fans around the globe mark the day.
The Homewood celebration included a costume contest, a trivia contest and lots of fun, for the youngest to the oldest, who took time building droids and robots similar to those found in the films.
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