On May 4th, fans of George Lucas’ iconic global phenomenon get to geek out extra hard on this pun-centric, nerd-friendly holiday. May the Fourth has become commonly known as Star Wars Day or National Star Wars Day, and it’s not hard to see why. The words “May the 4th” seem to beg for the rest of the catchphrase to be uttered.
The Influence of Star Wars on Pop Culture
Regardless of whether you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek, or if you are even a sci-fi aficionado at all, the influence of George Lucas’ Star Wars on pop culture is undeniable. 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. Even today, almost 40 years later, Star Wars remains one of the most financially successful films of all time, earning over 2.5 billion dollars since the release of the first film.
The History of Star Wars Day
“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 2011. This first official Star Wars Day’s festivities included a costume contest and a movie marathon. Fans’ favorite parodies of the franchise were also enjoyed, as were some of the most popular mash-ups and remixes.
The Future of Star Wars Day
Since its revamp, National Star Wars Day has gained so much more popularity and is celebrated by Star Wars fans worldwide. With Disney behind it and a few familiar faces returning, Star Wars Day was soon to become something even more special to a whole new demographic. Now, a whole new set of parents have to explain why even though it’s set a long, long time ago, things are way more advanced than they are now.
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. Movie marathons with friends, Star Wars trivia games, and even Star Wars themed snacks (Death Star piñata, anyone?) will guarantee this day is full of fun as well as being very educational.
Star Wars Day FAQs
What is Star Wars Day? This is a special day that was started to commemorate and celebrate all things related to the Star Wars Franchise that is now owned by Disney. It’s a day when Star Wars fans dress up in costumes, display memorabilia, watch films, attend parties and generally enjoy this sci-fi, pop-culture phenomenon.
Why is Star Wars Day on May 4? The date of Star Wars Day has to do with the popular Jedi phrase from the films, “May the force be with you.” When this date is pronounced “May the Fourth”, it sounds similar, so it’s really just a fun play on words.
Is Star Wars Day a holiday? While not officially designated a holiday by any government, Star Wars Day is an informal commemorative day that is celebrated on May 4 each year.
Who started Star Wars Day? Although it may have sprung up out of a grassroots movement in the early 2000s, the official creator of Star Wars Day is none other than the creator and author of the original franchise, filmmaker George Lucas.
When was the first Star Wars Day? The first organized Star Wars Day was celebrated in 2011 where many festivities took place at the Toronto Underground Cinema in Toronto, Canada.
May the 4th be with you!