Origin of “May the Fourth Be With You”
The origins of “May the Fourth Be With You” date back to 1979 when Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The day after her victory, the London Evening News published a message of congratulations that read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.” The pun caught on, and the phrase quickly became associated with Star Wars.
Impact on Star Wars Fandom
Since its inception, “May the Fourth Be With You” has become a staple in Star Wars fandom. The annual celebration has grown in popularity, with fans from all over the world taking part in events, promotions, and online discussions. Disney, the current owners of the franchise, have embraced the celebration and regularly release new content on May 4th, including merchandise, games, and TV specials.
In recent years, the celebration has expanded beyond just May 4th, with “Star Wars Day” now encompassing the entire month of May. Fans are encouraged to participate in charitable events, community service, and other philanthropic activities in honor of the franchise.