The world has leaned into May 4 as Star Wars day (because of the obvious pun) — and now Lucasfilm has too. Watch this marvelous compilation created by them to commemorate Star Wars Day for 2024.

This is what Star Wars Day means to us.

Every year, on May the Fourth, fans around the world come together to celebrate their love for one of the most iconic and beloved franchises in cinematic history: Star Wars. What started as a pun on the famous phrase “May the Force be with you” has evolved into a global phenomenon known as Star Wars Day.

The Star Wars saga, created by visionary filmmaker George Lucas, first graced the silver screen on May 25th, 1977 with the release of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (purists recognized this as the true Star Wars Day). From that moment on, audiences were captivated by the epic tale of a galaxy far, far away, complete with Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, droids, and epic space battles. The original trilogy, followed by the prequels and sequels, has left an indelible mark on popular culture, shaping the imaginations of generations and inspiring countless fans.

But what is it about Star Wars that continues to resonate with fans after all these years? Perhaps it’s the timeless themes of heroism, friendship, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. Or maybe it’s the richly detailed universe filled with memorable characters and exotic locales. For many fans, Star Wars represents more than just a movie franchise; it’s a shared experience that has become a part of their identity.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Star Wars Day is the sense of community it fosters among fans. Whether it’s attending themed events, cosplaying as their favorite characters, or engaging in spirited debates about the finer points of canon, Star Wars Day brings fans together from all walks of life. It’s a day to celebrate the magic of Star Wars and the bonds that unite fans across the globe.

But Star Wars Day isn’t just about celebrating the movies; it’s also a time to reflect on the impact the franchise has had beyond the realm of entertainment. From the groundbreaking special effects pioneered by Industrial Light & Magic to the innovative merchandising strategies that revolutionized the industry, Star Wars has left an indelible mark on the world of pop culture and beyond.

The term “May the Fourth Be With You” didn’t actually originate with the fans. It was part of a congratulatory message published in the London Evening News posted by the Convervative Party to commemorate the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.” It was too good of a pun not to stick, and stick it has.

And speaking of celebrations, every weekday on, fans can tune in to “Good Morning Tatooine” with DJ Obi-Shawn Crosby. A hardcore Star Wars fan and dedicated charity supporter, Obi-Shawn brings his passion for the galaxy far, far away to listeners around the world. His show is a testament to the enduring love and enthusiasm that fans have for Star Wars, showcasing the impact the franchise has on people’s lives beyond the screen.

Star Wars Day is a time to celebrate the magic, the memories, and the enduring legacy of a franchise that has captured the hearts and imaginations of fans around the world. So, whether you’re a Jedi Knight, a Sith Lord, or just a humble moisture farmer, May the Fourth Be With You, always.

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