Star Wars Day
May 4th has become commonly known as Star Wars Day. Star Wars Day is a day to celebrate all things Star Wars The date for this celebration is a pun on the popular Star Wars phrase “May the force be with you” (“May the 4th be with you”).
Thanks to the Internet, the pun spread more and more and it became a day of celebration among fans. The company that created Star Wars, Lucasfilm, acknowledges it.
The History of Star Wars Day
Star Wars, an epic space opera written and directed by George Lucas, premiered in 1977 and became an almost instant cult classic.
Even today, almost 40 years later, Star Wars remains one of the most financially successful films of all time.
Star Wars was a real game-changer, beginning a new era of special effect-packed motion pictures bursting with excitement, adventure, and imagination that appealed enormously to younger audiences as well as older ones.
“May the Fourth be with you” was first used by Margaret Thatcher’s political party to congratulate her on her election on May 4th, 1979, and the saying quickly caught on.
However, the first celebration of May 4th took place much later, at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2001. This first official Star Wars Day’s festivities included a costume contest and a movie marathon.
How to celebrate Star Wars Day
The way you celebrate Star Wars day will depend on how well you know this cultural phenomenon. If you are a longtime fan of the franchise, you might want to get a group of friends together and attend one of the many Star Wars events organized in different parts of the world.
Star Wars itself is such an enormous topic, the ways of celebrating the day dedicated to it are virtually endless. So choose one, have fun, and May the 4th be with you!