Star Wars Day

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Star Wars Day
Observed by Star Wars fans
Type Secular
Significance Celebrating Star Wars
Date May 4
Frequency Annual
First time 2011
Related to Geek Pride Day

Star Wars Day, May 4, celebrates Star Wars created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the films. Observance of the holiday spread quickly due to Internet, social media, and grassroots celebrations.[1]

May 4[edit]

May 4 is considered a holiday by some Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise's film series, books, and culture.[2] The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you"—"May the Fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not actually created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday.[3]

History[edit]

Apocryphally, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in a paper mis-named The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."[4]

The saying was used in a UK Parliament defence debate on May 4th 1994.[5]

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012.[6]

Fans (even government officials[7]) have celebrated Star Wars in a variety of ways in social media and on television.

Since 2013, Disney Parks have celebrated the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities.[8] The Walt Disney Company had purchased Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars in late 2012.[9]

Minor League baseball teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens[10] and the Durham Bulls[11] have worn special uniforms as part of Star Wars Day promotions.

On Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched Star Wars.[12]

Revenge of the Fifth[edit]

Star Wars Day became so popular that May 5 has come to be called "Revenge of the Fifth", a play on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. On this day, fans join the "Dark Side" by celebrating the Sith Lords from the Star Wars series.[13]

May 25[edit]

The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25, 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the 30th anniversary release date of Star Wars.[14] A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25 is based on the Star Wars connection along with ties to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (see Towel Day) and Discworld.[15]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Star Wars day: May the 4th be with you". My Fox Chattanooga. May 4, 2010. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "May the 4th". Starwars.com. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Danish National Radio on-line news". 
  5. ^ "Hansard, Column 786". UK Parliament Hansard, Column 784. May 4, 1994. 
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  7. ^ "Boris Johnson's acceptance speech in full". ITV News. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
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  9. ^ "How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for Star Wars". Bloomburg Businessweek. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Toledo Mud Hens will wear Chewbacca uniforms for ‘Star Wars’ weekend". New York Daily News. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Andrew Kenney (March 25, 2014). "Durham Bulls to dress as R2-D2 from 'Star Wars' on May 4". News & Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Jeffrey Kluger (May 5, 2015). "A Week on the Space Station: Tacos, 'Star Wars' and Mice". TIME.com. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ Alex Zalben (May 4, 2015). "A Brief History of 'Star Wars' Celebration May The Fourth". MTV News. 
  14. ^ Jan Perry (May 1, 2007). "Resolution: Star Wars". Los Angeles City Council. 
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