A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (or, you know, 1976 in Tunisia) a saga began that would change film, science fiction, and popular culture in a fundamental way. Today—May 4th—is the perfect day for all of us scruffy-looking nerf herders, fuzzballs, rebels, space cowboys, rogues, flyboys, mindless philosophers, overweight globs of grease, self-rescuing princesses, and, of course, lovers of puns to celebrate one of the most beloved franchises in film history.
It’s Star Wars Day, y’all! “May the Fourth be with you,” didn’t actually originate within the Star Wars fan community or from anyone at Lucasfilm—the first incidence of it being used in a public forum was actually in an ad taken out by the Conservative party to congratulate Margaret Thatcher on her election as Britain’s first female Prime Minister. She was elected on May 4th, 1979. The ad in the London Evening News read: “May the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.” But, fortunately, for all of us nerdy-nerds the Star Wars fandom took the phrase and ran in all kinds of fantastic directions, including a fan-run, organized event in Toronto (which is striking back). And, since Disney bought out Lucasfilm in 2012, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have been hosting Star Wars Day events.
A movie marathon is a tried and true way to observe the holiday—though deciding in which order to watch them is decidedly more complicated. We could shuffle on down to the cantina nestled in that “wretched hive of scum and villainy” and celebrate Star Wars with a nice, tall glass of bantha milk! Or we could spend the day putting together some super fun Star Wars cosplays—after all, con season is upon us!
Or, if you’re like me and my circle of geeky friends, you could spend some quality time falling down an exogorth pit on YouTube, watching some hilarious Star Wars parodies. Seriously, there is a staggering number of Star Wars fan made videos, parodies, and songs. Given our recent loss of our Space Momma, though, I am probably going to celebrate the day by celebrating Leia Organa and Carrie Fisher.
May the fourth be with you—and may the Force be with you always. Especially tomorrow.