On May 4, "May the fourth be with you" is a legitimate holiday celebrating the "Star Wars" franchise brought to the world by George Lucas.
While you could just sit back and watch any of the numerous blockbusters from this beloved series, why not make your feature film viewing time another day while you're visiting Los Angeles? Instead, get out and see some "Star Wars" action in the form of pertinent tourist sites open and waiting to discover in Tinseltown during this very special day.
One is Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Not only is this must-see Hollywood landmark the scene of the premiere of the first movie when the film bowed in 1977, but a few of the characters have since been allowed to play in the seminal cement in front of this ode to the silver screen. The results are the footprints of "Star Wars" robots R2D2 and 3CPO, as well as those of Darth Vadar. Talk about making a silent statement.
Meanwhile, for little ones who want to learn more about the "Star Wars" phenomenon, Sword Play LA offers the Jedi Academy, a hot spot that teaches how to be a proper Jedi through the art and science of their training techniques while working with a special light saber.
In another part of the city, the Prop Store offers a unique collection of "Star Wars" memorabilia that should enhance your "May the fourth be with you" experience in the City of Angels. Presently among the offerings at this space that sells typically unattainable nostalgia of the right ilk is an authentic intergalactic crew passport ($539) and an autographed death star surface from "Return of the Jedi" ($4495).
If the prices scare you, don't buy. Instead, just window shop at this supercharged emporium located in Chatsworth. Warning: To tour this fascinating facility, call in advance (818-727-7829) and set up a time convenient for all.
And so, while "May the Fourth be with you" is upon us in Los Angeles, the above "Star Wars" related tourist sites offer a way to remember these seminal George Lucas films in the manner in which these priceless movies deserve to be celebrated.