It’s May The 4th, people! And that only means one thing: it’s Star Wars day. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for basically the last 40 years, you know what Star Wars is. It’s the space opera saga about the struggle between the “light” and “dark” sides of the force, the eternal struggle between good and evil. You know the names, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, etc. Star Wars fans don’t really need any day, in particular, to celebrate how much they love these movies, but hey, they’re certainly not going to hate on one if it comes up either.
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.