By Michelle Smith, Contributor
Star Wars is so popular that it has its own holiday. Each year, on May 4, people around the globe celebrate Star Wars Day. Recognizing Star Wars on May 4 reportedly dates back to 1979 when Margaret Thatcher took office as U.K. prime minister and was congratulated with an ad in the London Evening News which read, "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations." as a play on "May the force be with you, Luke." So, now May the 4th is celebrated as Star Wars Day annually.
Star Wars Day activities range from simple social media tweets and office humor to costume events and themed parties. However you plan to celebrate, here are some spectacular deals on Star Wars merchandise, movies, games and more.
Star Wars Movies: Deals on Entertainment
If your way of celebrating May the 4th is to watch the movies, read the comics or get some free souvenirs, check out these movie and entertainment discounts.
Amazon Video: Get the six movie digital collection (including Episode I through Episode VI) for $84.99 on Amazon.com.
Barnes and Noble: Buy one DVD, get one free until May 9.
Best Buy: Get "Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Limited Edition - Digital Movie)" for $24.99 (original price $34.99).
Fandango Now: Rent Star Wars for only $4 on May 4. No promo code required.
Great American Ball Park: Take advantage of this Star Wars ticket package and get an exclusive Yoda bobblehead and Star Wars poster with your ticket to the May 6 game featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Ticket prices start at $25 depending on your seats. While supplies last.
iTunes: Get the six movie digital collection (including Episode I through Episode VI) for $99.99 in the iTunes Store.
Marvel: Get the Star Wars True Believers comic books for $1 each on May 4. This series of 10 comic books will only be available at comic book stores on Star Wars Day 2016.
Target: Save 29 percent and get Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) Blu-ray set for only $99.99.
Star Wars Games: Sales and Discounts
From free PS4 skins to discounted mobile games, here are the best Star Wars game deals.
Best Buy: Get $10 in rewards when you pre-order and purchase LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens or take 20 percent off the STAR WARS Battlefront Official eGuide. This deal is available for My Best Buy members only.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga: This Android game is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time on the Google Play Store.
PlayStation Store: Visit the website and download the Star Wars Battlefront Jakku theme for your PS4 for free.
Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace: This iOS game is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time on the App Store.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: This iOS game is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time on the App Store.
Star Wars Merchandise: Sales at Retail Stores
Shop and save on a variety of Star Wars merchandise with these offers from Best Buy, Hot Topic and more.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Save 20 percent off one item for your in-store purchase with this coupon until May 30.
Build-A-Bear: In April 2016, Build-A-Bear added Yoda and more Star Wars-themed bears to their collection. You can buy one bear, get one for $10 online for a limited time.
Disney Store: Buy one Star Wars plush, get one for $1 until May 8.
HerUniverse.com: Get a Star Wars mystery tank top for only $10 while supplies last.
Hot Topic: Take $10 off a purchase of $50 or more with promo code SPRUNG4HT or take $25 off a purchase of $100 or more with promo code SPRING25 until May 4.
JCPenney: Save 15 percent off your order with promo code JCP15.
Kohls: Get 20 percent off Hasbro Star Wars toys May 4 through May 10. The promo code will be available on Offers.com on May 4.
SuperHeroStuff.com: Shop the Star Wars Day sale on May 4 and get 10 to 20 percent off all Star Wars merchandise. Also keep watch on social media as the company is giving away five Star Wars HeroBox's throughout the day.
ThinkGeek: Get a Star Wars Hand Towel Set featuring R2-D2 and C-3PO for just $12.49 (original price $24.99) and take 25 to 40 percent off select Star Wars clothing for a limited time.
ToysRUS: Get Angry Birds Star Wars for Sony PS3 for just $24.98 while supplies last.
Walmart: Get the Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda Figure for only $49 (original price $179.97) for a limited time on Walmart.com.
Star Wars Day: Deals on Food
From free ice cream to restaurant coupons, these are the food deals and freebies you're looking for.
Bruster's Ice Cream: Buy one waffle cone, get one free with this printable coupon until May 4.
Einstein Bagels: Save 20 percent off any purchase with this printable coupon until May 5.
Hardee's: Buy one Grilled Burrito El Diablo, get one free with this printable coupon until May 31.
IHOP: Get a free entree for a child age 12 and under for every adult entree dine-in purchase between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. until May 6.
Steak 'n Shake: Save $1 off a regular specialty milk shake with this printable coupon until May 22.
So whether you're going to a costume party dressed as BB8, want to take the kids to the comic book store or want to get a good deal on some Star Wars merchandise -- use these promotions to make this Star Wars Day one to remember.
Jamie Young contributed to the reporting for this article.
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