Holidays seem to be proliferating these days, and now there’s a day for almost everything. There’s a School Librarian Day and a National Siblings Day, and even a National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.
There’s even a Star Wars Day. When is this day, you ask? Well, when else? It’s on May the 4th, which gives Star Wars fans the excuse to say, “May the Fourth be with you,” all day long.
It’s inevitable that Star Wars would get its own day eventually. This is the most successful movie franchise of all time, with nine movies and billions of dollars in revenue from not only the movies, but hundreds of Star Wars themed products. Millions of people worldwide have become fans, and they recite iconic lines like “May the Force Be with you,” with almost religious zeal.
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Star Wars day grew out of a phrase a London newspaper ran in 1979 to congratulate Margaret Thatcher on her election as prime minister. “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie,” they said, on the day Thatcher took office.
From there, it has grown steadily. There was a Star Wars themed cinema festival in Toronto in 2011. Walt Disney joined the fun in 2012 after it bought Lucasfilms, creators of the saga. Starting in 2013 all the Disney parks have had official Star Wars fan celebrations on May 4. Each year the hype gets bigger and the fan base grows, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s declared a national holiday (meaning that you get the day off from work) in the next 25 years.
Or whenever the last Star Wars movie is finally made.