Star Wars Day
(Also known as Intergalactic Star Wars Day, Luke Skywalker Day)
Star Wars Day is observed next on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 (148 days from today).
May 4th is celebrated by fans of the popular sci-fi movie Star Wars as Star Wars Day. This is one of only two days of the year that recognize the place of the Star Wars series in popular culture.
The release of "Star Wars" in 1977 changed Hollywood forever. Four decades later, we're still hooked. And then, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker”, was published in theaters. After the previous two installments of the sequel trilogy, "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi", the main Star Wars franchise has come to an end.
The first ever celebrated Star Wars Day took place in Toronto in 2011. The event included an Original Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and screenings of fan-made tribute films, releases, mash-ups, parodies and remixes. At the end of 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm and has officially held holidays at Disneyland and Walt Disney World since then.
Some amazing truths about Star Wars
Star Wars fans didn't introduce the often-quoted phrase for the first time on May 4. It was 1979, and Britain elected its first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4, the day she took office, the Conservatives placed an ad in The London Evening News that read, “May Wednesday be with you, Maggie. Congratulations."
The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, was asked in a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous line "May the force be with you". In doing so, the interpreter translated the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4, we are with you).
History of Star Wars Day
The "Star Wars" universe is a huge achievement. It's hard to think about a time when "Star Wars" didn't exist, given its phenomenal influence and popularity in popular culture. It all started with the book "Dune" by Frank Herbert. First published in 1965, it is considered by many to be the basic inspiration for "Star Wars", due to the huge similarities between the characters and plot of the two. Either way, George Lucas set his story in space or ventured into producing a sci-fi movie in 1977, a time when the genre was pretty much dead in Hollywood. No one expected the first "Star Wars" movie to do as well as it did. Backed by a meager $9.5 million production budget, the film has had a limited release in theaters and is expected to storm the box office. There's no way this sci-fi movie will be successful. On May 25th, 1977, "Star Wars" (later renamed "Star Wars: Episode IV - New Hope") was released.
Through word of mouth and enthusiastic reviews, “Star Wars” has achieved a stormy reputation and changed the entire cinematic landscape, leaving studios completely bewildered by its success. its merit. The world has been introduced to the story of the Skywalker family, and beloved characters such as Han Solo, Yoda, Chewbacca, and perhaps the darkest villain of all time - Darth Vader. Grossing over $100 million by the end of the summer, the first season of "Star Wars" won six Academy Awards and a Special Achievement Award for groundbreaking achievements in special effects. For its time, and considering the limited budget, George Lucas has accomplished a great deal by creating enhanced effects and shooting dramatic spatial sequences using only images and settings small scale.
The success of the first film was followed by two sequels, "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," in 1980 and "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," in 1983. Franchise has branched into many different commercial lines as well.
20 years after his first film, Lucas released a second trilogy, the 'prequel trilogy.' With a new cast of popular actors such as Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was released in 1999, followed by "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" ” in 2002 and “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith” in 2005. The plot was not as acclaimed as the original trilogy, but the digital technology and effects of the films have improved considerably. and then, they were successful at the box office. The marketability of the franchise became broader, with a range of books, animated TV series, action figures, video games and clothing lines created for a new generation of people love “Star Wars”.
Walt Disney Studios acquired the franchise in 2012 and is set to produce a third film trilogy, the 'sequel trilogy.' The seventh film, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens", was released in 2015. The universe was further expanded with new characters while remaining faithful to the true essence of "War" among the stars". “Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi” was released in 2017, followed by “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019. Several indie films also tie in with the main story, “Star Wars.” : Rogue One” in 2016 and “Solo” in 2018.
So, if you're a newcomer to the Star Wars universe, here's the watch order to watch the movies in:
Original trilogy: “A New Hope” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983)
Prequel trilogy: “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002) and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
Trilogy sequels: “The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017) and “The Rise of Skywalker”
Some reasons for Star Wars Day being loved
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas had a vision that imagined lightsabers and holograms and different types of spaceships. And as generations of tech-savvy sci-fi fans grow up, we're all getting closer and closer to the day when those ideas become reality.
- Cultural landmark
"Star Wars" has transcended the film industry - achieving a pop-culture importance few books or movies have achieved. Only four "Star Wars" movies that Disney released since 2015 have grossed more than $4.8 billion.
By honoring the fictions we create, we can enjoy a deeper joy in our lives. Not only that, but imagining ourselves as heroes in our own lives puts us in a better position to make positive changes in the world.
How to celebrate Star Wars Day
- Countdown begins
"Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," the 14-acre Disney theme park expansion, will open at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California on May 31. The second version of the "Wars of War" land why" will open three months later at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.
- Throw a viewing party
Invite friends over to watch a movie marathon. (Whether you get a behind-the-scenes look is up to you.) Hang up decorations and prepare nerd-flavored snacks for the occasion.
- Change of clothes day
Costumes aren't just for Halloween. Go out in your best rebel outfit or a themed t-shirt if that's your comfort zone.
ObservedStar Wars Day has been observed annually on May 4th.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
Thursday, May 4th, 2023
Saturday, May 4th, 2024
Sunday, May 4th, 2025