History of May the Fourth (be with you): Star Wars Day

May the fourth be with you MAY 4th

For those keeping track, another geek holiday is May 4, or May the Fourth taken from the benediction “May the Force be with you” made famous in the Star Wars film series. This pun intended holiday seems to have first been celebrated in Toronto, Canada in 2011. However, the use of this phrase predates this going back to the day in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister was elected. The Conservative party took out a newspaper ad in the London Evening News on May 4  that said “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”


As this is the 40th anniversary of the opening of the original Star Wars movie, that makes this a particularly Force-friendly Star Wars Day this year.


Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, there will be a large celebration at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios this year.

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In equally mock seriousness IGN reports that the galactic Empire, in opposition to the Force-wielding Rebel Alliance, has started a campaign to ban May the Fourth celebrations.

How will you observe May the Fourth?

Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian

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