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May the 4th Be With You: What's happening in Florida for Star Wars Day

May the 4th Be With You has been designated the official Star Wars Day since Yoda was just a young wannabe Jedi on Degobah ... true or false? Eh, probably false.

Technically the origins of May the 4th Be With You go all the way back to May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first female prime minster. Over the years, the line has been repeated many times -- even by George Lucas in 2005 -- and has come to represent the official slogan of Star Wars Day.

(Not to be confused with May 25, which is technically Star Wars Day in Los Angeles. Why? It was the release date of the movie back in 1977. And not to be confused with Talk Like Yoda Day, which is May 21.)

Check the official website for celebrations near you. Here in Florida, there are two:

ORLANDO: Walt Disney World is throwing its own party, with classic characters available to meet fans and limited-time merchandise. There's also the Jedi Training Academy, a themed dance party and special fireworks.

WINTER HAVEN: Between Tampa and Orlando, Winter Haven's LegoLand, including a "Miniland Yoda Model Build," a Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt and movie showing. Get the details.

[Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 9:00am]


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