May the fourth be with you! The origins of the holiday and what we love about it the most
Thank the maker! May 4th has become the holiday for Star Wars fans for almost as long as Star Wars has been around. This is a day filled with binging the movies, reading comics, or playing with toys collected over the years. But how did May the 4th come to be and why do fans love it so much?
The phrase itself "May the 4th be with you," goes back to May 4th, 1979. It's the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party, the Conservatives, placed an ad in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." Yes it was a play on the popular phrase from the 1977 pop-culture phenomenon, Star Wars.
As far as the day itself as a holiday for Star wars fans, it seems 2008 is when the earliest Facebook groups were celebrating Luke Skywalker Day with the same catchphrase. Still, it's been considered an unofficial holiday. However, that all changed with the purchase of
Star Wars by Disney. Since 2013, The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with Star Wars events and festivities at its parks. Remember Disney purchased Lucasfilm in late 2012. Obviously this year the parks are not open thanks to the coronavirus, however Disney+ will be the happiest place on earth with the finale of The Clone Wars, a new behind the scenes series for The Mandalorian, and The Rise of Skywalker becomes available on the streaming platform.
Every fan will tell you why they love May the 4th and each reason is especially sentimental. A few #BTBDNet personalities took time to write down what makes the day special to them.
"May the 4th is a day to celebrate my fandom and that I get to share my love of this franchise with really anyone but especially with my Dad," BTBD LIVE! Host David Amelotti explained. "I was three-years old, Mom was at work, and I made a promise to my Dad to keep my mouth shut so I could enter some galaxy far far away. I always call Dad on May the 4th and we talk about the latest Star Wars thing we have watched. My Dad just started watching Clone Wars so I'm excited to learn how many episodes underway he is."
"I enjoy the fact that the whole world is a Star Wars nerd for the day, just like me. I’m also always amazed how many people wish ME a happy May the Fourth because they know how much Star Wars means to me," Around The Galaxy's Pete Fletzer said.
"What I like about May the 4th, its become this place where we can really geek about about Star Wars with the general public," Postcards from The Galaxy's Edge host Shannon Moran explained. "Its become a cultural phenomenon, from sales on stores, to video games having special skins and levels, that aren’t even Star Wars games. For me, I enjoy doing anything light side related on May the 4th, and anything dark side relate on “Revenge of the 5th” AKA May 5th."
"My May 4th traditions always come down to watching a SW movie or celebrating my cousin’s birthday! He is also a huge Star Wars fan and each year we get a cake decorated in Star Wars toppings. I’ll always start off the day with Star Wars Explains canon timeline video which is updated every year on May 4th!" Co-host of The Bombadcast Scott Jarreau said.
You can celebrate May the 4th with everyone on the Beyond The Blast Doors Network Monday night at 10:00 p.m., EST/ 7:00 p.m. Pacific for a special BTBD LIVE! episode, May 4th edition. We will break down any major news that drops, all of the exclusive Disney+ content, and take questions from our live audience from the live chat. Join us Monday night to make May 4th, 2020 the best Star Wars day to date!
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