On May 4, 2011, the first organized “Star Wars” Day celebration happened in Toronto. The date for this occasion was selected for no reason other than the fact that “May the fourth” kind of sounds like “May the force” (be with you). “Star Wars” fans have been perpetuating this pun since at least 1979. When Margaret Thatcher took office as the new prime minister of Britain on May 4, 1979, the London Evening News congratulated her with a front-page ad that read, “May the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.” The phrase also came up in British Parliament during a defense debate on May 4, 1994. It eventually started making the rounds on social media through “Star Wars” fan groups and memes. For the first commercial “Star Wars” day celebration, the Toronto Underground Cinema showed screenings of the “Star Wars” movies. Other festivities included costume contests and a “Star Wars” trivia game show. The annual party just keeps getting bigger. Even astronauts at the space station have celebrated “Star Wars” Day by watching the movies in orbit.
Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ festival kicked off on Friday, May the 4th 2018 with a special céilí for Star Wars Fans, a drive-in movie and more, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of the west Kerry coast along the Wild Atlantic Way, which featured in the latest movie installation. A host of fun events for all-ages including guided film location walks and children’s workshops are taking place across the Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island over the weekend as fans in Ireland join fans across the globe to commemorate the Star Wars Universe for May the 4th.