Today, May 4, is known among many as the unofficial Star Wars Day, which explains all the "May the Fourth be with you" Facebook statuses. If you really want to make your Star Wars Day memorable, a movie marathon would do it. A "Star Wars" movie marathon can range in number of movies, order of movies, and company, but there are some basics that make for a great experience. Whether you're just watching Episodes 4 through 6 by yourself or watching all six movies with a group of Star Wars fans and novices, a combination of themed foods, drinks, and other factors make for an even more memorable experience.
Get the supplies
First and foremost, make sure you have all the movies and time needed for a marathon. Episodes 1 through 6 range ran from 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours each or 13 hours and 20 minutes total. While this can be done in 24 hours time, allowing yourself two days leaves wiggle room for sleep and fun.
Decide on an Order
Once you have the time and movies, you need to make the big decision- which order will you watch the movies? If you're watching with a "Star Wars" newbie, it's highly recommended that you watch in order of release (Episodes 4-6, then 1-3). This way, they experience the full effect of Luke Skywalker's father revelation and the epic fulfillment of Darth Vader's transformation.
However, if you're watching with a bunch of "Star Wars" fans, watching Episodes 1 through 6 in order is an amazing experience. It blows your mind to see the transition from Episode 3 to Episode 4 and transport back to 70s cinema, but you end with the classics.
ESSEN, GERMANY - JULY 28: Fans from all over the world pose wearing dressed as Star Wars characters during the Star Wars Celebration at Messe Essen on July 28, 2013 in Essen, Germany.
There's nothing like watching a great movie with someone who's never seen it before. While it's getting more challenging to find someone who hasn't seen "Star Wars", introducing them to the saga during a marathon is the best way to do it.
(Pictured: Fans from all over the world pose wearing dressed as Star Wars characters during the Star Wars Celebration at Messe Essen on July 28, 2013 in Essen, Germany.)
Food and Drink
While there isn't mention of specific foods or drinks consumed in the movies, you can still get creative and come up with themed food and drinks. An example of a few pun-tastic foods include:
Seven "Leia" salad, Chewbaklava, Obi Wan Kebabi, Cwookies, Obi Wan Cannoli, Obi Wan Ke-gnocci, Yoda-gurt parfaits, Rumjabba (Rumchata) pancakes, Darth chocolates, and Leia cinnamon rolls.
Finding Star Wars drinks can be as simple as getting some Skyy vodka and calling it Skyywalker voda or you can push the puns and go with Darth Mi-maul-sas. Alternatively, Wookiepedia has several options.
If you're celebrating Star Wars Day with friends over 21 years-old, a drinking game could be a fun addition to the marathon. There are several versions of "Star Wars" drinking games online, some websites even specify different rules for each of the six films. Just remember to drink responsibly!
Crafting Star Wars Day souvenirs calls for a bit of creativity and time, but worth it. You can easily make an ewok by purchasing a small, plain teddy bear and crafting a little Ewok shroud for it. Light sabres can either be made with pool noodles for kids or by attaching a small plastic crafting tube to a small flashlight and covering it with colored cellophane.
(Pictured: A bronze statue of 'Star Wars' character Yoda is on display after being unveiled at the new Imagination Park on June 20, 2013 in San Anselmo, California. Bronze statues of the 'Star Wars' character Yoda and Indiana Jones were unveiled at the new 8,700 square foot Imagination Park in downtown San Anselmo that was donated by 'Star Wars' creator and San Anselmo resident George Lucas. Lucas donated the property, paid for park plans and demolition of the existing structures.)
Don't be afraid to go all out and dress up. Dressing up can be as easy as wrapping up in a blanket and calling yourself a sandperson or as involved as buying or crafting a detailed costume.
(Pictured: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Storm Troopers and Darth Vader participate in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade television special at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 07, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The parade will air on December 25th)
Kick back with your friends and enjoy! Especially at a time like this, in anticipation of Episode 7, Star Wars mania is encouraged. Go all-out and enjoy the award-winning films that altered science fiction films forever.
(Pictured: A man dressed up as Darth Vader of Stars War film walks on the pitch prior to start the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.)