Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4th each year. It celebrates everything Star Wars, and the date was chosen as a pun on the catchphrase “May the force be with you” as “May the Fourth be with you”. May fans across the globe celebrate this unofficial holiday every year, and has even been embraced by Lucasfilm and Disney as an annual celebration of Star Wars. The galactic saga debuted in 1977, and has been a classic ever since, so celebrate #StarWarsDay by attending or hosting a party, movie marathon, trivia night of this iconic brand.
The first documented use of the phrase “May the fourth be with you” was in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was elected the Prime Minister of the UK. Her political party, the Conservatives, posted a message in the London Evening News saying “May the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.” It has also been used in TV shows and books referencing the film franchise.
Since then, it has grown rapidly in popularity and use. In 2008, the first Facebook groups appeared to celebrate ‘Luke Skywalker Day’ (Luke Skywalker being the main protagonist in the original trilogy of Star Wars films.)
In 2011, the first official celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Ontario, Canada. Sean Ward and Alice Quinn produced the event with festivities including an original trilogy quiz, costume competitions, screenings of the films, mash-ups, and parodies. The next official celebration took place a year later on the 4th of May 2012.
On Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched Star Wars to celebrate the event.