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Celebrating Star Wars Day

Today is May 4th – better known as Star Wars Day. For those of you who are not Star Wars fans, May the Fourth sounds a lot like May the Force – as in “May the Force be with you” or as fans say today “May the Fourth be with you.”

History

Now obviously this isn’t an official holiday. You won’t find it on most calendars. This is a holiday devised by fans that grew by word-of-mouth. It now has been embraced by Lucasfilm and Disney (the parent company of Lucasfilm).

Strangely one of the first published uses of the “May the Fourth be with you” was in a newspaper ad by the UK’s Conservative Party on May 4, 1979 during the election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.

Now while Star Wars fans may have recognized the day for many years by using the catch phrase or wearing Star Wars shirts, it appears the first organized Star Wars Day happened in Toronto, Canada in 2011 with trivia games, costume contests and showing of fan tribute films, mash-ups and parodies.

In 2013, Disney started observing the holiday with festivities at Disneyland and Disney World. Before this they did also have Star Wars Weekends where they featured special Star Wars themed events (parades, appearances by actors, special costumes for Mickey and the gang) at the parks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May and June. This became an annual event from 2003 to 2015.

What to do on Star Wars Day

Many fans of course wear Star Wars shirts or maybe even costumes. They might make Star Wars inspired food and drinks.

TV networks often air Star Wars films. In fact this year, Disney+ is showing all 9 Star Wars films in the Skywalker Saga. They are also airing the series finale of the cartoon series, The Clone Wars, today.

Sports teams such as the minor league baseball teams the Toledo Mud Hens and the Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms when playing on Star Wars day.

What my family will be doing

Jase (my soon to be fifteen-year-old) will certainly be wearing a Star Wars shirt. He is eagerly waiting to see the final episode of The Clone Wars. Most likely by the time you are reading this, he will probably already have watched it. I am guessing he and my husband will watch it first thing in the morning – especially as my husband has to work late tonight.

Lexie (my twelve-year-old, anti-Star Wars gir) will be doing her best to ignore that it is even Star Wars day. She doesn’t even own a Star Wars shirt. She does at least think the Child (aka Baby Yoda) from The Mandalorian is cute.

My husband will be wearing a Star Wars shirt, of course. But he must go to work so his celebrating of the day will be low key. Now with our city having a face mask mandate, he will be wearing the Darth Vader mask he created.

As for me, I am looking forward to watching Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, the behind-the-scenes documentary – while wearing my one and only Star Wars shirt. 

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