May the force be with you
A smashing success
A cultural phenomenon
It all started in 1979
A play on word to congratulate Maggie
Started by fans
A mid-2000s sensation
Celebrated around the globe
First large May the Fourth event occurred in Canada
A holiday that is even celebrated in space
Disney+ gets in on May 4th every year
A special look at 'The Book of Boba Fett' in 2022
It is an official holiday in California
A thank-you of sorts to Disney
May 5th
A day to celebrate your dark side
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May the force be with you

If you are a Stars Wars fan, you'll already know what May the 4th is all about. However, you might be surprised to learn the origins of this unofficial holiday. Click on to learn about the day that gets its name from a line in George Lucas's 1977 film 'Star Wars: A New Hope.'

 

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A smashing success

When 'Star Wars: A New Hope' hit theaters on May 25, 1977 producers never imagined that the film would be a smashing success and go down in history as it has done.

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A cultural phenomenon

'Star Wars: A New Hope' made over $775 million globally in 1977, which was huge at the time. After just one movie, it was a cultural phenomenon, and fourty-five years later it is still a huge hit.

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It all started in 1979

According to USAToday, the phrase "May the fourth be with you" actually was first used in 1979 when the UK Conservative political party paid for a newspaper ad which said: "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!"

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A play on word to congratulate Maggie

The phrase was published in The London Evening News back in 1979 on the day when Margaret Thatcher first took office as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Started by fans

Star Wars Day was started just by its fans and had nothing to do with either of the companies responsible for the franchise.

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A mid-2000s sensation

According to Steve Sansweet in 2013 on StarWars.com, fans appropriated the saying for online celebrations around a decade ago.

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Celebrated around the globe

After that, a combination of internet and media coverage turned "May the 4th" into a thing that is celebrated around the globe.

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First large May the Fourth event occurred in Canada

In 2011 in Toronto at Underground Cinema, the first large organized event took place to commemorate the day. Fans gathered together to show off their Star Wars costumes, watch the famous films, and play games.

 

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A holiday that is even celebrated in space

In 2015, astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars on May 4 and tweeted about it with #Maythe4thBeWithYou.”

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Disney+ gets in on May 4th every year

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the company also began to recognize the day, and in 2021 Disney+ even launched a new animated Star Wars series, 'The Bad Batch', in honor of May the Fourth.

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A special look at 'The Book of Boba Fett' in 2022

For 2022, Disney+ has officially announced the release of a special installment of 'Disney Gallery,' which will cover the off-curtain making of 'The Book of Boba Fett.' 

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It is an official holiday in California

In 2019 California legislature voted to officially turn May 4th into Star Wars Day, making it an official holiday in the state.

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A thank-you of sorts to Disney

According to Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly, the resolution was prompted by the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, which could bring an estimated $14 million in tax revenue to the southern California city of Anaheim every year. In addition, the day was also in recognition of Disney’s “decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond.”

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May 5th

As if one day dedicated to 'Star Wars' wasn't enough, fans had to take the puns a step further and add in May 5th, which has come to be known as "Revenge of the Fifth."

 

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A day to celebrate your dark side

"Revenge of the Fifth" is a play on 'Star Wars: Episode II -Revenge of the Sith.' May Fifth is a day to celebrate the "dark side" or the Sith lords in the 'Star Wars' universe.

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