State Legislature uses the Force, officially declares May 4 Star Wars Day

There are things to do in Humboldt County to celebrate holiday

The famous speeder chase scene in “Return of the Jedi” was filmed in Chetham Grove in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County. (Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission — Contributed)

There were no Jedi mind tricks involved as the California Legislature officially declared May 4, 2019, to be “Star Wars Day” on Thursday at the Capitol.

” ‘May the Fourth be with you,’ which started as a pun warmly shared by fans, has become a full-fledged fan celebration of Star Wars,” the resolution by Assemblyman Tom Daly states.

The resolution also recognized the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” at the Disneyland Resort later this month. The resolution states the addition is the largest single-site expansion in the Anaheim park’s history.

“The city of Anaheim will benefit immensely from the opening of ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ with at least $14 million more in tax revenues per year,” the resolution states.

North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire called it “another day at the office” when Stormtroopers dropped in Thursday.

Assemblyman Jim Wood also tweeted a Star Wars reference this week. He was seeking some Legislative muscle.

“Wish I could keep these #stormtroopers at my side for the rest of our legislative session,” he posted.

North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood poses with Stormtroopers. (Jim Wood — Contributed)

A hot air balloon outside the Capitol looked like Yoda, whose catchphrase — “Do or do not. There is no try” — could have inspired the Legislature’s actions.

Locally, there are a few ways Humboldt County residents can celebrate what is now officially Star Wars Day on Saturday. One of those ways involves a cruise down state Route 36 toward Carlotta to a site filmed in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

“Luke Skywalker’s famous speeder chase was filmed along the Chetham Grove path in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park,” the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissions Map of the Movies states.

More scenes from that installment of the ever-expanding series were filmed on private property in Del Norte County and in Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. But visitors will likely need to use the force to figure out exactly where those spots among the redwoods lie.

For those who want more of a Mos Eisley Cantina-style celebration and who have extensive knowledge of the galaxy far, far away, the Humboldt Brews Star Wars Day trivia night at Humboldt Brews might be of interest.

The bar encourages fans to “come and test your knowledge.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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