What Is Star Wars Day? The History Of May The 4th Be With You

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May the 4th be with you. You’ll see people online writing that every single year on this date, and it seems a little weird, right? It feels weird to write it today. Every year, May 4 is widely considered to be Star Wars Day, where fans across the globe celebrate the sci-fi franchise. But what does it mean and where does it come from?

Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters on May 25, 1977. The movie was a smashing success making over $775 million globally. Keep in mind, this is 1977 and getting close to that $1 billion mark during that time was huge. It was already a cultural phenomenon, just after one movie. And 44 years later, it’s still going strong.

Obviously, the phrase “May the 4th be with you” is based on “May the Force be with you,” something said numerous times in the Star Wars films. However, the phrase “May the fourth be with you” has some pretty interesting origins. It wasn’t someone from the world of Star Wars that coined the phrase. Back on May 4, 1979, to celebrate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s victory, her political party took out an ad in the London Evening News which said, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” While we couldn’t find an archived copy of that edition, Star Wars backs it up.

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