It’s that day! The day geeks have been waiting for since May 4th of last year, the day they can celebrate their sci-fi and fantasy passion in all it’s nerdy glory. If you’ve never heard of Star Wars day, you’re not alone! Although the phrase originated over 35 years ago, the celebration of this day wasn’t wide spread outside of certain fandom circles until the dawn of social media. In 2017, it’s nearly impossible to go the entire day in the U.S. without hearing someone utter the timeless phrase “May the 4th be with you.”
Over here at Tripjoy Advantage, we were joking around with our fellow Jedi, and got to wondering where this silly celebration of all things geek-chic originated. Well we found out, and the answer might surprise you! The phrase was first coined on May 4th, 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister of the U.K. A congratulatory advertisement was placed on the London Nightly News that evening that said “May the 4th be with you Maggie, congratulations.” Although the phrase was first uttered in the 1970’s, the first official Star Wars day celebrations were not held until 2011.
Die hard fans of the series mark the occasion by dressing up in full Jedi garb, and some even wield light sabers, much to the dismay of bosses across the world. The Walt Disney Company officially purchased Lucas’ Films in 2012, and if you happen be visiting the world’s most famous mouse during the holiday you can catch Star War’s themed parties and parades at one of Disney’s many theme parks. This year for the first time, some of Disney’s chain department stores will be celebrating Star War’s day with Jedi themed arts and crafts, special giveaways, and costume contests!
To find out more about this quirky holiday, or to find a celebration near you, check out the official website of May the 4th Here, http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th, and May the 4th be with you!!! (And also with you.)