Star Wars Day
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StarWars Day Observed by fans Star Wars Type Secular Significance Celebrating Star Wars Date May 4 Frequency Annual First time 2011 Related to Geek Pride Day , May4, celebrates Star Wars Day George Lucas' . It is observed by fans of the Star Wars media franchise. 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". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday. It has since been embraced by Lucasfilm and parent company  Disney as an annual celebration of Star Wars.
Apocryphally, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day
Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in , saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." The London Evening News 
The saying was used in a
UK Parliament defence debate on May 4, 1994. 
Astrophysicist and author
Jeanne Cavelos used the saying on page 94 of her 1999 book . The Science of Star Wars 
In 2008, the first Facebook groups appeared, celebrating
Luke Skywalker Day, with the same catchphrase. 
In 2011, the first organized celebration of
Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012.   
Fans (even government officials, such as
Boris Johnson ) have celebrated  Star Wars in a variety of ways in social media and on television.
The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  Disney had purchased  Lucasfilm, including the rights to Star Wars, in late 2012. 
Minor League baseball teams such as the
Toledo Mud Hens and the  Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms as part of  Star Wars Day promotions.
Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched Star Wars. 
Also in 2015, the carillon bells inside the
Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada played " The Imperial March" theme from Star Wars, among other space-related tunes. 
Revenge of the Fifth/Sixth
Some recognize the following day, May 5, as " Revenge of the Fifth", a play on and celebrate the Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Sith Lords and other villainous characters from the Star Wars series rather than the Jedi. 
Others celebrate this one day later, on May 6, citing "
Revenge of the Sixth" as a better play on "Sith".   
Los Angeles City Council declared May 25, 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the 30th anniversary release date of . Star Wars A separate initiative for observing  Geek Pride Day on May 25 is based on the Star Wars connection along with ties to ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Towel Day) and . Discworld  
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