May the Fourth Be With You

May 04, 2020

Star Wars Day, May 4th, celebrates George Lucas’ Star Wars. It is observed by Star Wars fans in the United States and around the world. Observance of the commemorative day spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you” as “May the Fourth be with you”.

As legend has it, and according to the origin story recognized by Lucasfilm, the phrase was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as UK Prime Minister. The Conservative Party reportedly placed an ad in the London Evening News that read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie.

What happened on May the 4th in history?

  • 1471 – In England, the Yorkists defeated the Landcastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses
  • 1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated
  • 1886 – A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago, Illinois

It started as a popular joke amongst fans of the franchise and morphed into a full-fledged cult holiday with fandom around the world that preludes Cinco de Mayo. Stay tuned for our blog post celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrity Birthdays on May 4th

  • Audrey Hepburn – Actor
  • Will Arnett – Actor
  • Mick Mars – Musician
  • Keith Harin – Artist
  • Randy Travis – Musician
  • Erin Andrews – Journalist and winner of Dancing with the Stars

Past May the Fourth Celebrations in metro Denver 2019

  • May the 4th at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver. Colorado’s official air and space museum has displayed detailed models of Star Wars ships such as an X-Wing Fighter flown by Luke Skywalker. In 2019, the May the Fourth event included activities such as Shoot-A-Trooper and Bounty Hunter Guild Scavenger Hunt, plus green-screen adventures, live music, open cockpits, lightsabers, face-painting, Lego builds, trivia, Star Wars characters, and more. This was a family-friendly event for a Jedi or the Dark side.
  • Monkey Barrel’s Star Wars Brunch & Trivia in Denver. The Highland neighborhood eatery hosted a Star Wars Brunch that includes Star Wars-themed dishes, drinks and specials, a costume contest and various giveaways, with teams competing during Star Wars-themed trivia for prizes.
  • May the 4th Be With You Bar Crawl in Denver. This was likely the rowdiest of the May the 4th events with multiple stops for libations with your Jedi or Sith friends. This is definitely more on the dark side.

This Year is Different

With COVID-19 coronavirus and social distancing, there are no local events in 2020. Further, Disney theme parks – Disneyland or Walt Disney World featuring Disney’s Hollywood Studios – are closed, so there’s no chance to experience Star Wars with the most enthusiastic fans.

There are still ways for Star Wars fans to celebrate at home in 2020, so get creative and have fun.

  • Watch Star Wars movies and series both classic and new on Disney+. And if you enjoy the Mandalorian, May the 4, 2020 marks the premiere of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an eight-episode behind-the-scenes docuseries.
  • Listen to Star Wars stories read by some of your favorite actors. Various Star Wars actors including Chewbacca and C-3PO have a picture book to read to you and your family this Star Wars Day.
  • Compete in a closet costume challenge. Challenge your family members at home to raid your closet and dress as your favorite Star Wars characters using just what you already have around the house. It’s time to get creative with bathrobes for Jedi robes or headphones for Princess Leia hair buns.
  • Make your own Star Wars-themed food. Make Yoda themed pancakes for breakfast, blue milk pudding to pretend you’re in a famous bar or an Ewok rice bowl.