May The Fourth Be With You

Tomorrow, May 4th, has become a very popular day in the Star Wars community and is the “unofficial” holiday when the fans get together to remember the space opera.

May The Fourth

One of the key phrases from the Star Wars films is “may the force be with you”.  It’s a statement when a Jedi leaves someone they express in wishing the person safety, asking the all powerful force to protect them.  A spin on the words, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979 when Margaret Thatcher’s political party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News following her taking office as Prime Minister that stated “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This reading of the line has also been recorded in the UK Parliament’s Hansard.

Star Wars fans took to the phrase and began to use it as a day to celebrate everything Star Wars. In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.

So what will you do to celebrate this wonderful holiday?  Will you be watching a marathon of the films?  Check local theaters in your ares, there just maybe one that is running a marathon of the films on the big screen for you to enjoy.

Well if you are in Walt Disney World, you maybe taking part in one of the first Star Wars Dining experiences that begin on May 4th.  Also, if you are in the park you may spend time watching the Jedi Training Academy, and watch younglings become skilled Jedi’s.

Maybe you are a member of the elite group, the 501st Legion and will be celebrating with a get together of other members.  If you are not familiar with the 501st, I highly suggest you check them out at  The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

Another way to celebrate in your local Disney Store. The first 100 guests to visit Disney Store on May 4th will start their epic adventure with a FREE Star Wars Pin. Plus, younglings are invited to learn the Ways of the Force at 12:30pm.  Call your local store to make sure they are participating.  If you are interested to see what other stores are offering deals on this holiday, go HERE to be redirected to where they have compiled a list of different merchants offering May 4th deals.

Whatever you are doing, take a few minutes tomorrow and remember the Star Wars saga and what George Lucas did in bringing these films to life.  Yes there are big fans and groups for Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc and they all deserve their place.  In my opinion, the Star Wars franchise has touched more people than any other film franchise.  The films have also brought merchandise, comics, cartoons, books, and many other things that fit into our culture. Star Wars fans are spread across the galaxy and they touch every social group, from the techie to the Executive VP to the child who wasn’t even born when any of the films were released, Star Wars reaches every generation that comes along.  As for me, I plan to watch the original trilogy.  As I close this I ask, share what your plans are for May the Fourth in our comments and on Facebook.  I only have one thing left to say:

“May The Fourth Be With You”

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