Star Wars Day: The Origin Story
Star Wars Day, otherwise known as "May the Fourth", celebrates George Lucas’ Star Wars Franchise.
The day comes from the fact that “May the Fourth” rhymes with "May the Force,". However, for those that celebrate Star Wars day it represents more than just a quote in a film, the day itself is internationally recognized and popular holiday to celebrate all around the world, but where did it all begin?
“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. The conservative party took out a newspaper ad, which declared, "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.". The saying quickly caught on. However, despite popular use after that point, the first celebration of May 4th wasn’t until much later.
The Toronto Underground Cinema hosted the first official Star Wars Day in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mashups, parodies, and remixes.
The event's become even bigger since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars movie franchise in 2012 and has further cemented the day as the kind of phenomenon we now know. Disney raised the bar with the day's celebrations, making it an official Disney event during its first full year in charge of the franchise. Fans were invited to its theme parks to party with characters from the movies and watch a Star Wars-themed firework show and dance party.
While celebrators of Star Wars Day may not be able to gather this year as they usually would, there are still ways to celebrate the holiday in the comfort of your own home.
Happy Star Wars Day from us all at Walvis Technologies
May the Fourth be with you!