Created by fans of the successful and culturally significant science fiction movies, Stars Wars is a holiday that is observed on May 4th. This day of the year was chosen because it was the most obvious pun to use of the film’s most famous catchphrase: “May the force be with you.” The month of May is also historically important to fans of these films because all of the movies first premiered during this month.
No one really knows when this secular holiday was created, but some people attribute the idea of it to Margaret Thatcher, at least indirectly. On May 4, 1979, when she took office as Prime Minister of the U.K., her political party placed an advertisement in the The London Evening News that said, ‘May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.’
In Toronto, the first recorded Star Wars Day celebration occurred on May 4th, 2011. During this event, there was a trivia contests and a costume contest that was judged by celebrity judges.
Customs and Observances
This day can be celebrated in a variety of different ways. Some people dress up as their favorite characters, some people spend the day watching the movies with their friends, and still others take part in light saber duels and competitions.
When is Star Wars Day?
|This year (2020)||May 4 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2021)||May 4 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2019)||May 4 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|