Come celebrate your love of Star Wars on Thursday, May 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Mountain Library, located at 21109 N. 98th Ave. in Peoria. Children between the ages of six and 12 can participate in computer activities, trivia contest, register to win prizes, treats and more! Wear your t-shirts and costumes. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Library, a STEM SNAP Grant from Vice Mayor Jon Edwards and our Kohl’s Associates in Action team.
Why May 4th? According to starwars.com:
Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”
While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars social media channels (hashtag #StarWarsDay) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.
May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.
With the launch of a new era of Star Wars thanks to The Force Awakens — which continues with Rogue One released this year — this day to celebrate the saga and its amazing fans is bigger (and more fun) than it’s ever been.
Source: City of Peoria and starwars.com.