May the Fourth Be With You: Many Celebrate Star Wars

Star Wars Day gives fans the chance to show their approval for the series created by George Lucas.

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Star Wars Day gives fans the chance to show their approval for the series created by George Lucas.

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Every year, people around the world embrace their inner nerd and celebrate national Star Wars Day. Star Wars Day was officially born in 2008 on Facebook, and rapidly spread around to many colleges. The holiday was set to be celebrated on May 4th each year, to acknowledge the greatness in the Star Wars film series created by George Lucas.

Even people who have never seen Star Wars know the phrase, “May the force be with you,” but do fans know where the term, “May the Fourth be with you” came from? Probably not, this phrase was popularized in 1979 when an online news article posted a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News welcoming Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister by saying, “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”

There have been some really cool ways that people celebrate Star Wars day in the past, with crazier things happening each year. Some minor league baseball teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens and the Durham Bulls wear a special uniform on Star Wars day that symbolize the most popular Star Wars characters. Probably the most surreal Star Wars day celebration occurred in 2015, when astronauts in the International Space Station watched the Star Wars movies on the holiday.

We did choose May the 4th to get married for that reason—because he [my husband] loves Star Wars so much.”

— Erin McIver, English teacher

Scott County High School is no different to the rest of the nation in that we have a strong population of Star Wars fans that celebrate this holiday. One of these fans, is Isaac Mahoney, senior. “I go all out on Star Wars day by wearing as much Star Wars clothing as I can, including some Star Wars themed socks, shirt, and other various clothing pieces. I also watch one or two of the movies after school, but since Star Wars day is on a Saturday this year, I might be able to squeeze in a few more.”

Another one of these students that plans to celebrate on May 4th is Conner McClain, senior. “I spend the day cursing EA (game company) and whoever was in charge of The Last Jedi for ruining my favorite Star Wars game.” He also plans to watch a Star Wars movie if he’s got time to do so.

Star Wars day can be celebrated in many odd ways, but Lucas Gifford, senior, definitely takes the cake. “I’ll probably listen to Star Wars bass boosted a few times and watch a video of R2D2 screaming.”

We also have some teachers in our school that celebrate Star Wars day. One of these teachers is Erin McIver, whose husband is a die-hard Star Wars fan. “I do enjoy the movies, but my husband is a big Star Wars fan,” McIver stated.  She also shared that her wedding anniversary falls on Star Wars day as well and his love of Star Wars influenced their decision as to which day they were married. “We did choose May the 4th to get married for that reason—because he [my husband] loves Star Wars so much,” she said.

George Lucas’ movies will forever live on in people’s hearts through this day. The first ever Star Wars movie came out in the early half of 1977, and people somehow still almost seem to worship his movies. The widespread amount of Star Wars fans that celebrate truly is a phenomenon, generation after generation, more and more Star Wars fans come into the world. Fans will always have a day to spread their love by saying, “May the fourth be with you” across the nation.