ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 03: On May 3, fans #RoarForChange and ring in Star Wars fan holiday, May the 4th, at Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite in Anaheim CA.

Star Wars Day is almost upon us and New Jersey is readying itself for the celebration! The Garden State can be a big place if you aren’t sure where to go, so to make it a little easier we have cultivated a short list of spots celebrating George Lucas’ greatest achievement in fun and unique ways.

A Quick History on Star Wars Day

If it was not obvious already, the date originated from the pun “May The Fourth Be With You”, from the popular catchphrase of the Science Fiction Franchine, “May The Force Be With You”. The holiday was not actually created by Lucasfilm, but rather, this became a rallying call for fans of the movies.

Many fans choose to celebrate the day, and it has since been embraced by LucasFilm and Disney, with both companies often promoting events and deals of their own.

Where to Celebrate

The Garden State is never afraid of a celebration and Star Wars Day is no different. This is a day to let your fandom fly proudly with others. Whether you walk on the side of light with the Jedi, the dark side with the Sith, or are a humble Wookie, there are many ways to celebrate. Now on to the list…

  • UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    For those whose favorite part of the franchise is the legendary compositions of John Williams will not want to miss this. Starting at 1:00, join UCPAC on their “Biggest Little Wurlitzer” with Eric Fahner playing John Williams compositions. This will be followed by a digital presentation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at 2:00 PM. Admission is free! The Cafe bar will also be open for food and drinks! UCPAC Celebrating Star Wars Day

  • PIER VILLAGE, LONG BRANCH

    A long time ago in a village far far away, but not really. Travel to Pier Village, dressed as your favorite Star Wars Character, and revel in the festivities that would have an Ewok blushing. From 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, enjoy a lovely artisan market, and Star Wars-themed pet contests.  Want something a little more adventurous? 11:30 – 12:30, become one with the force and begin your Jedi training (purpose yoga).  Boardwalk games, character meet and greets,  cosmic bracelet making, there is plenty to do for everyone in the family who is a fan. Fans Of Comics And Popular Culture Attend 2017 Washington D.C. Comic Con    

  • TROPICANA ATLANTIC CITY

    For the more adult crowd, be sure to check out Boogie Nights for their ultimate Star Wars celebration.  Dress up, dance,  and enjoy the 70s, 80s, and 90s, musical stylings akin to that of the Max Rebo Band playing at Jabba’s Palace. This starts at 11:00 PM and admission is $25 Dollars. A promo flyer of Boogie Nights Star Wars Celebration  

  • BARRYMORE FILM CENTER, FORT LEE

    For those who want to relax, and kick their feet up, the Barrymore Film Center is the place to be! Starting at 7:30, watch the movie that started it all — Star Wars: A New Hope…or episode IV, for those born AFTER the prequels. 

  • *REVENGE OF THE 5th*, Wayne PAL

    A little bonus for those who choose to walk the path of the dark side! The Wayne NJ Toy Show is hosting its monthly event. As one would imagine, there will be tons of Star Wars memorabilia among the sports cards, toys, comic books,s and other collectibles. A Lego Sculpt of Darth Maul's Head  

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