Star Wars Day
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Star Wars Day Observed by fans Star Wars Type Secular Significance Celebrating Star Wars Date May 4 Frequency Annual First time 2011 Related to Geek Pride Day is an informal Star Wars Day commemorative day observed annually on May 4 to celebrate George Lucas' Star Wars media franchise. Observance of the day spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations since the franchise began in 1977. 
The date originated from the
pun " May the Fourth be with you", a variant of the popular Star Wars catchphrase " May the Force be with you". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday. It has since been embraced by Lucasfilm and parent company  Disney as an annual celebration of Star Wars.
The first recorded reference of the phrase being used was on May 4, 1979, the day after
Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in the saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." London Evening News  
In the 1988 episode of
, "The Vampire Strikes Back", a space-faring superhero, Tremendous Terrance, asks Duckula the date and is told, "May the Fourth". As Terrance departs, he tells all below, "May the Fourth Be with You." Count Duckula
The saying was used in a
UK Parliament defence debate on May 4, 1994.
Astrophysicist and author
Jeanne Cavelos used the saying on page 94 of her 1999 book . The Science of Star Wars
In 2008, the first Facebook groups appeared, celebrating
Luke Skywalker Day, with the same catchphrase.
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. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012.  
Fans (even government officials, such as
Boris Johnson ) have celebrated  Star Wars in a variety of ways in social media and on television.
The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  Disney had purchased  Lucasfilm, including the rights to , in late 2012. Star Wars The finale of  was made available on The Clone Wars Disney+ on May 4, 2020.  , as well as an eight-episode documentary series titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , were also made available on Disney+ the same day. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian  An animated series,  also premiered on Disney+ on this day in 2021. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Minor League baseball teams such as the
Toledo Mud Hens and the  Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms as part of  Star Wars Day promotions.
Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched . Star Wars
Also in 2015, the carillon bells inside the
Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada played " The Imperial March" theme from Star Wars, among other space-related tunes.
Revenge of the Fifth/Sixth
Some recognize the following day, May 5, as " Revenge of the Fifth", a play on and celebrate the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Sith Lords and other villainous characters from the Star Wars series rather than the Jedi. Others celebrate this one day later, on May 6, citing "  Revenge of the Sixth" as a better play on " Sith", while others refer to the 6th as "Return of the 6th" as a play on the trilogy aspect of the . Star Wars films  
Los Angeles City Council declared May 25, 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the 30th anniversary release date of . Star Wars A separate initiative for observing  Geek Pride Day on May 25 is based on the connection along with ties to Star Wars ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Towel Day) and . Discworld   was also released on May 25, 41 years after Solo: A Star Wars Story . Star Wars
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