Star Wars Day is this Thursday ("May the Fourth"), and for folks in NYC looking to celebrate, there's a free screening of Star Wars  VII: The Force Awakens at 8pm in Rockefeller Park which is at the north end of Battery Park in lower Manhattan. No ticket or pre-registration needed.

Meanwhile, this fall the New York Philharmonic are performing John Williams' scores live to accompany screenings of the the original Star Wars on September 15 & 16;  The Empire Strikes Back; Return Of The Jedi on October 4 & 5; and then Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Tickets for those events are currently on presale for NYP members and will go on sale at noon on Star Wars Day.

For the truly devoted, fans can arrive at Geffen Hall Box Office at 9:30 on Thursday to get early access:

Fans who arrive by 9:30 a.m. will be entered in a raffle to win a pair of free tickets to the Star Wars concert of their choice. Three winners will be announced at 10:00 a.m. The first 20 Star Wars fans to arrive in costume will receive official Star Wars merchandise and collectible vinyl.
In addition, fans waiting in line will be entertained by members of the New York Philharmonic’s brass section performing music from the Star Wars movies, and will have a chance to meet R2D2, Kylo Ren, stormtroopers, and other Star Wars characters from costumed fan groups. Those planning to attend are encouraged to spread the word on social media using #nypstarwars.

More info on that here.

Donald Trump also arrives in NYC for the first time since taking office on Thursday -- there's a protest in DeWitt Clinton Park in Midtown where dressing in Star Wars gear is encouraged.

The next chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, will be out December. While you wait for that, someone has mashed up the ending of The Force Awakens with Tommy Wiseau's classic The Room, to great effect. Watch that below.

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