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You might think May 13 will just be another indistinguishable day in your home quarantine marathon, but that's just not true.

It's also the 34th anniversary of the theatrical release of Top Gun, and some people (not all of them marketing reps) have decided to celebrate the day in the style of Stars Wars on May 4th or “Talk Like a Pirate” Day in September.

Yep, May 13 is the day when you put on your aviator shades and jumpsuits and talk like Maverick, Goose or Iceman all day. Or maybe you're homeschooling and you end up as more of a Viper as you try to corral your kids to focus on their work. You can always organize some socially distanced volleyball in the backyard. There are no rules! Make things up as you go!

Whatever you do, make sure you get social media credit by taking a photo and tagging your post with the hashtag #TopGunDay so the topic trends and you don't feel like you're out there playing jet fighter all by yourself.

Even if you don't want to do the Top Gun cosplay, there are thousands of GIFs, dozens of iconic quotes and even custom Zoom backgrounds from the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick (now slated for a Dec. 23 release) to liven up your day.

Top Gun also debuts on 4K Ultra HD Digital for the first time May 13 with a new 30-minute documentary that features interviews with Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of Top Gun: Maverick as they reflect on the movie's legacy. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray goes on sale May 19.

An early glance at the 4K disc reveals that the droplets of sweat in the beach volleyball scene have never before been so well-defined, to say nothing of the abs and pecs on display.

Hard-core fans of Top Gun may know about certain production issues from the original shoot that put a ceiling on image quality in some of the effects scenes, but this new release looks amazing and stays faithful to the vibe of how the movie looked in theaters 34 years ago.

If you're staying home anyway, remember where you were back during the summer of Top Gun, put on some Berlin and slow dance with your partner.

If you're too young to have lived it the first time, please let the old folks have this moment to remember and maybe watch the movie and catch some Maverick fever of your own.

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