It’s May The 4th, people! And that only means one thing: it’s Star Wars day.
But before we celebrate, a quick history lesson.
It all began on May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News saying, “May the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations!” And for whatever reason, the phrase stuck.
However, there were no official Star Wars celebrations until 2011, when Toronto, Canada made them a reality. At the Toronto Underground Cinema, Sean Ward and Alice Quinn organized 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 celebration repeated the following year and now it has become a tradition. It also just so happens that ‘may the fourth be with you’ sounds a lot like a certain famous phrase from Star Wars.
Check out these hilarious memes as you celebrate. And of course… May the Fourth be with you, young Jedi.