A Brief History of May The 4th

If you’re a Star Wars fan, then you’re well aware of May the 4th. Not an official holiday however, for many Star Wars fans around the world this day is celebrated as a holiday.  

So where did it all start?  

The earliest use, dates to 1978, a year after the release of “A New Hope.” British newspapers used the phrase in their headlines to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s victory on May 4th, 1979. The phrase affected tv shows, pop culture, and books. 

Later in 2011, a group of Star Wars fans in Toronto came up with the idea of celebrating May the 4th as Star Wars Day. From there, the phrase has spread like a Jedi mind trick. 

Now May 4th is recognized as the official Star Wars Day. Fans celebrate by binge-watching their favorite Star Wars movies, dressing up in Jedi robes, and shouting “May the 4th be with you” at anyone who will listen. 

And with that, MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!