Some people may not realize what makes May fourth such a special day, but the hilarious play on words reminds “Star Wars” fans of the popular tagline for the movie series. “May the Fourth be with you,” as opposed to “May the Force be with you,” became a sensation when the unofficial Star Wars Day was born in 2011. The play on words can be attributed to creator George Lucas, who was misinterpreted by a German news TV channel in 2005. Six years later, the term rose to the popularity it is known for today.
The first film in the original “Star Wars Trilogy” was released on May 25, 1977, by 20th Century Fox. Two sequels followed the first film, with 3 year intervals between each. Episodes 4, 5 and 6 were part of “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy.” A few years later, three prequels were released to complete the entire saga. The final movie (Episode 3) was released on May 19, 2005. The first official celebration of the Star Wars holiday took place on May 4, 2011, at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities at the cinema included original trilogy trivia, costume contests with celebrity judges and tribute films shown on the big screen.
Due to the recent Disney buyout of the Star Wars franchise, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hosting a celebration in honor of the holiday. The celebration involves special “Star Wars” merchandise, as well as costumes and giveaways. At the end of the day’s festivities, there will be a “Star Wars” themed dance party, as well as a fireworks show. Focused more locally, the Philadelphia Union soccer time will be hosting a Star Wars Day match against Seattle on May 4. The day will feature games, contests and promotional giveaways. The team is offering a special “May the Fourth be with you” ticket pack, which will include special edition Union Star Wars themed shirts. There are also special screenings of the “Star Wars” movies across the country on May 4.
This year’s Star Wars Day is especially big news due to the recent announcement of a new film being made. Disney plans to release a “Star Wars Episode VII” in 2015. Fans have mixed reactions on the upcoming movie. When asking “Star Wars” fans about their plans for the special day, fan Ryan Mark stated, “I’m probably going to watch the movies in order on Saturday to celebrate the special day.” Another fan, Alex Rohrer, talks about his first experience watching the movies, “I was disappointed that the movies weren’t about stars battling other stars. The titles are so misleading.” “Star Wars” fanatic Joe Stenger raved about the movies, saying that the older ones were definitely better than the more recent additions. When asked how she felt about the newest movie coming out in two years, fan Jaimie Wharton says, “I think it’s awesome that they’re coming out with a new addition! I’ll definitely go see it when it comes out in theatres.” To see other ways to celebrate and to view activities happening in your area on May 4, check out www.maythefourth.starwars.com! Thursday May 4, should be quite a day here on campus. If you’re interested in seeing the movies, be sure to ask around that weekend because quite a lot of people will be celebrating!