The pun was first acknowledged in 1979 when the London Evening News congratulated Margaret Thatcher on her inauguration as prime minister of the United Kingdom with the headline “May the 4th be with you, Maggie!”
In 36 years, the popularity of the punny day has only grown. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, is still baffled a bit baffled by its existence.
I can't believe #StarWarsDay is a thing. To have been in a movie that gets its own day?!? & I thought they couldn't top the postage stamps!
According to Wikipedia, Canada was the first country to organize a Star Wars Day celebration. In 2011, Toronto Underground Cinema hosted an event that featured a costume contest, trivia and a round-up of “the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.”
Official celebrations began at Disney Parks in 2013 when Disney acquired the rights to the iconic sci-fi series.
In the lead up to this year’s occurrence, there was heavy speculation that a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the latest installment in the series, would drop today. Episode VII is scheduled for release in theaters December 18, 2015. Sadly, no new trailer has yet appeared.
However, the hashtag #Maythe4thBeWithYou is strong on social media.