May The 4th Be With You – Star Wars Day

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Star Wars has become a sub-culture unto itself. Darth Vader, Yoda, Stormtroopers and so many other references from the movie invade all corners of popular culture. Search YouTube and you’ll see twerking stormtroopers as well as stormtroopers singing “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. Yoda is a social media favorite when it comes to the making of memes. Darth Vader, an iconic symbol of evil, pops up just about anywhere that evil lurks, not to mention being a favorite of busty female cosplayers. But what about May 4th, unofficially observed as Star Wars Day?

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One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

Friday, May 4

“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”

Yoda, Gremlins and youthful discretion. Source: 9GAG Facebook page.

Yoda, Gremlins and youthful discretion. Source: 9GAG Facebook page.

Your Twitter Feed will most likely be filled with #StarWarsDay posts proclaiming “May The Fourth Be With You” and probably accompanied by some Star Wars related photo or cosplay that fans around the world will be engaged in. So, pull that Princess Leia slave girl costume or hooded cloak with glowing eyes like the droid-collecting Jawa. The InterWebs will be overflowing with Star Wars imagery and let me be the first to say, “MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!”

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Jon Britton
Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid "people watcher," political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.