Star Wars Day

May 4 of each year is designated a National Star Wars Day.  “May the Fourth Be With You” or  ”May the Force Be With You”. This day is celebrated by thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts, with parties and celebrations around the nation.

It was not the Star Wars fans that first introduced the phrase “May the Fourth Be With You”, which is often quoted on May 4,  It was when Margaret Thatcher was elected as Britain’s first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, an advertisement was place in The London Evening New that said “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations”.

Star Wars creator, George Lucas, was asked during a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous sentence “May the Force Be with You”.   Upon him doing so, the interpreter interpreted the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4 we are with you”).   TV Total captured this and aired it on May 18, 2005.

OBSERVE

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HISTORY

National Star Wars Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011.   Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.   May 4th was chosen because of the play on words.