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May The Fourth Is Star Wars Day
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The Turlock Library will hold a May the Fourth “Star Wars” themed escape room for kids ages 9 to 18. Reservations required (Photo contributed).

Since 1977, “May the Force be With You” has been part of the global lexicon. This phrase, created by Modesto native George Lucas symbolizes the magic and influence of his epic film Star Wars, the follow-up film to his breakthrough American Graffiti. Just say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you will hear the pun that so many Star Wars fans worldwide have used to proclaim their love of the saga. “May the Force be with you” to celebrate Modesto’s best-known citizen’s beloved Star Wars story is the phrase that binds us all together and is a message of hope for all, like peace or shalom.

On May 3, 2016 an official proclamation was made by the Modesto City Council making May the Fourth Star Wars Day in Modesto. Two years ago marked the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and there was a huge celebration in the 10th Street Plaza, downtown Modesto. A new tradition was born and this year Star Wars Day looks to be bigger and better.

On Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m., all are invited to descend on the 10th Street Plaza once again to celebrate all things Star Wars. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as your favorite characters or just sport a Star Wars T-shirt.

Once again the Lodge Pole (Jedi) Pickers will be performing live and Laser Voodoo will be putting on a laser light show to thrill children of all ages. Fuzio, Ralston’s Goat and Graffiti-Dogs will be doing specialty themed food and drinks. Many of the restaurants and all the vendors will be donating a portion of sales to the Valley Children's Hospital.

Along with all this, there will be a life-size X-Wing and other displays to take pictures in front of. When the sun goes down, join in the lightsaber battle. Also this year there will be a three-foot Death Star Piñata filled with Star Wars stickers, toys and candy/. There is no charge to attend the festivities.