SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – May the fourth officially be with you.
The California Legislature voted Thursday to declare May 4 “Star Wars Day” in honor of a Disneyland theme park slated to open later this month centered on the franchise.
May 4 is known as “Star Wars Day” and now the State of California may officially recognize the title.
It’s a play on the Star Wars’ phrase “may the force be with you.” The resolution by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly says it’s the largest single-site expansion in the park’s history and could generate $14 million in tax revenue for the city of Anaheim annually.
The Assembly drafted the Resolution in advance of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” set to open May 31, 2019. The new land cost $1 billion and will add 1,400 permanent jobs.
The resolution reads, in part:
“Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the Star Wars franchise upon the celebration of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the largest single site expansion to date of Disneyland Park, and commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature declares May 4, 2019, as Star Wars Day.”
It’s a play on the Star Wars’ phrase “may the force be with you.” The resolution by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly says it’s the largest single-site expansion in the park’s history.
“Star Wars” was created by Modesto native George Lucas. The first film of the franchise was released in 1977.
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