MaythefourthbewithyouThe San Bernardino County Museum and the Riverside Art Museum are jointly hosting an early morning event, “May the 4th: the Inland Empire Awakens,” to celebrate International Star Wars Day. This dance sunriser takes place at both locations on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Free to the public, the event will feature breakfast treats, non-alcoholic beverages, and dance music by local disc jockeys DJEturnal at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, and DJ Hyphen-Select of Mental Physix at the Riverside Art Museum. Refreshments at the County Museum are courtesy of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf of Redlands.

“These early morning dance events are a trend in some major cities to encourage community and health through dance, which results in an alert, happy and productive day.” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “By joining with Riverside Art Museum we offer our region a social and exhilarating opportunity to express oneself in music and movement, and what better date than Star Wars Day to introduce this activity to our region.”

May the 4th is informally recognized as Star Wars Day, as the date provides an easy pun, first coined in 1979, on the Star Wars phrase “May the Force be with you.” Dancers are encouraged to come to either museum before school or class dressed in work or school clothes, in workout clothes, or even in full Star Wars regalia.

May the 4th: the Inland Empire Awakens, and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.