Turns out I haven’t been on the internet for the last five years as I found out for the first time that the 4th of May is Star Wars Day. Apparently fans chose this day to celebrate Star Wars because of the easy pun on “May the Force Be with You” with “May the Fourth Be with You”.
It was first used when Margaret Thatcher was elected into office in 1979 where Britain’s Conservative Party reportedly put the headline on an article which read “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
It wasn’t until 2011 that the very first official event was organised and took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. The day included trivia, costume contests and celebrity judges.
This year, it turns out that even the White House was no exception to this day with the Obamas dancing with storm troopers and R2-D2 blasting out the song “Uptown Funk”. Happy Star Wars Day!
Dance. Or dance not. There is no try. #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/9g1JUHV1n5
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 5 May 2016