Star Wars Day: What it is and the history of May 4th with you

Star Wars Day: What it is and the history of May 4th with you

Star Wars Day: What it is and the history of May 4th with you


Happy Star Wars Day to everyone in the galaxy far, far away. Today, you will see and hear people saying “May the 4th be with you”. Sure, this might feel a little weird, but May 4th is the day people around the world celebrate the Star Wars franchise. But where did this tradition come from and what does it mean?

The first film in the multimedia series, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released on May 25, 1977. The film was a huge success, grossing over $775 million worldwide. Remember, this was 1977, and approaching the $1 billion mark during that time was huge. Just after one movie, it was already a cultural phenomenon. 44 years later, it’s still going strong.

Apparently, the phrase “May the 4th be with you” is based on “May the Force be with you”, a phrase that appears several times in the Star Wars movies. However, the phrase “May the Fourth is with you” has some very interesting origins. It wasn’t someone from the Star Wars world who coined the phrase. Back on May 4, 1979, to celebrate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s victory, her party ran an ad in the London Evening News that read: “May the fourth and You’re here, Maggie. Congratulations.” While we couldn’t find an archived copy of this version, Star Wars supports it.

The phrase re-entered pop culture through various TV shows, books, and the British government, but Star Wars Day didn’t officially arrive until 2011. Sean Ward and Alice Quinn celebrate all things Star Wars together in Toronto, Canada. A year later, Star Wars Day is happening again in Toronto, with the same founders of Toronto’s underground cinema, but this time, it’s getting media attention that bolsters its signal. Plus, you get some wonderful and tacky CGs of local news reporters holding lightsabers.

The event features screenings of fan movies, trivia, costume contests, and more. It also welcomed its first celebrity guest: Chad Vader, a supermarket employee who became a YouTube sensation in 2011 in the Darth Vader uniform. This famous fan festival has its origins in Ward and Quinn’s work in Toronto.

In 2013, Disney officially set Star Wars Day on May 4—just a few months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm. Since then, the day has been celebrating the franchise, releasing new collectibles, and in 2021, Disney+ unveils the first episode of its new original series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch – which is widely distributed A spinoff of the popular Clone Wars animated show.

If you need more Star Wars right now, you can check out a lot of cool deals, and one of the best is a massive discount on the entire Skywalker Saga. Hasbro also announced a Star Wars playset based on the first wave of Kenner characters in the late ’70s. Finally, a new trailer for the Disney+ limited series Obi-Wan is out, and you can check out the breakdown below.

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