WARREN, NJ - In 1977, George Lucas’ Star Wars hit theaters. This May 4th, celebrate forty years of fandom on Star Wars Day.

The history of this day dates to an ad placed in the London Evening News in 1979 congratulating Margaret Thatcher as she took office as UK Prime Minister.  The ad proclaimed, "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie."  It was a play on words for the infamous line, "May the Force be with You." 

This year, TBS will air the first six movies in order on TV, in a marathon that kicks off at 6:40 am.  Here's the full lineup:

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  • 6:40 am – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • 9:26 am – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • 12:20 pm – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • 3:12 pm – Star Wars: A New Hope
  • 5:43 pm – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • 8:17 pm – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

There are also deals to be had for all things Star WarsTarget is offering 20% off select Star Wars toys online. At Hallmark receive 25% off select Star Wars gifts with a purchase of $15 or more. Pottery Barn Kids is offering 20% off its Star Wars Collection with promo code PKSTARWARS. And SwimWays wants you to celebrate the 40th in the pool with Star Wars pool floats and toys. For more deals, check out starwars.com.

Want to feed a fan?  Check out these Star Wars themed recipes.

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No matter how you choose to celebrate as a fan, May the Fourth be with You!