STAR WARS DAY
Star Wars Day is all about the fans celebrating the hit movie written by George Lucas. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you” as “May the Fourth be with you”. Initially, the holiday was created by the fans but Lucasfilm, the creator of the movie, has accepted the day and celebrates annually.
How is Star Wars Day Celebrated?
- During its first year in charge of the franchise, Disney invited fans to its theme parks to party with characters from the movies and watch Star Wars-themed fireworks and dance party.
- Schools, libraries and movie theatres host costume contests and movie marathons.
- Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and have a party, where you serve Star Wars themed snacks (i.e. Asteroid cookies, Bow-Ba Fett Pasta) and play trivia games.
Star Wars Day Trivia/Facts:
- The reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie.” From there it took off with fans around the world.
- The first organized celebration of Star Wars Day is recorded as having taken place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2011.
- Star Wars continues to be one of the most financially successful films of all time, earning over 2.5 billion dollars since the release of the first film.
Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on May 4th:
- Robin Cook – Author
- Horace Mann – Father of American education
- Keith Haring – Graffiti artist
- Alice Liddell – Model for Alice in Wonderland
- Jackie Jackson – Singer (Jackson 5)
- Erin Andrews – Sportscaster
- Audrey Hepburn – Actress
- Randy Travis – Country singer
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