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May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Day, explained

How Star Wars fans everywhere celebrate May the Fourth.

By Michelle R. Martinelli | May 4, 2020 8:40 am

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! It’s one of the many days when Star Wars nerds unite to officially celebrate the beloved and iconic franchise, on May the Fourth (be with you).

For this one-day celebration, fans gather (virtually and on the internet nowadays) to honor their favorite characters, rewatch the movies and discuss the galaxy far, far away ad nauseam, among the many May the Fourth traditions. And really, there’s no wrong way to nerd out and enjoy one of the biggest cultural phenomenons of the last five decades.

But if you’re not super into internet culture or Star Wars culture, you might have a couple questions about Star Wars Day. And that’s OK, because we’re here to help.

So, what is Star Wars Day?

As we mentioned, May the Fourth is a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. Somewhat similar to how Mean Girls fans celebrate October 3 and how New England Patriots fans celebrate (and Atlanta Falcons fans try to forget) March 28, or 3-28, May the Fourth is a special day on the calendar set aside just for Star Wars.

It’s a big deal, and people all over celebrate. And the sports world loves it. In the past when sports weren’t shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, pro sports teams have Star Wars-themed nights on May 4, and athletes have been known to dress up and celebrate in their own ways.

Even a couple years ago, astronauts on the International Space Station watched Star Wars in space on May the Fourth.

And why exactly May 4th?

Throughout the Star Wars franchise, the phrase, “May the force be with you,” is commonly said and repeated among characters as a way of wishing the other person a safe journey/mission and good fortune against the dark side. The force is strong and protects the characters who utilize it properly.

So Star Wars Day was created because of a pun, and that’s all there is to it. “May the force be with you.” May the Fourth (be with you).

How are other people celebrating Star Wars Day?

Well, for one thing, Disney, which is the parent company of Lucasfilm, officially released The Rise of Skywalker on Disney Plus on Monday. And that means on this unique Star Wars Day when you may be quarantined because of the COVID-19 outbreak and looking for something to do, you can stream all three Star Wars trilogies (nine films total) completely on Disney Plus.

How are Star Wars fans on the internet celebrating May the Fourth?

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