Happy Star Wars Day, everyone!
If you don’t know why May fourth is Star Wars Day, here it is.
May the fourth be with you.
Yes, it’s as simple as a linguistic coincidence, that “May the fourth” and “May the force” sound similar. As silly as this origin is, this geeky holiday is popular among Star Wars fans. Even Disney, which owns Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, embraces it. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Disneyland held Star Wars Day events on May 4. This was before Galaxy’s Edge, the official Star Wars land, opened, so most of the events took place in Tomorrowland.
This included Space Mountain getting a fun Star Wars overlay, Hyperspace Mountain, Captain Phasma marching with First Order stormtroopers, and special treats like red and blue lightsaber churros.
Will You Celebrate Star Wars Day?
There’s no traditional way to celebrate this fandom holiday, but we’re happy to give some suggestions.
Do you have any old Star Wars toys in your storage unit? If so, take them out and reminisce. Or, if you have kids, get them a Star Wars-related gift. Lego has a lot of magnificent sets from a galaxy far, far away.
Once you start looking, you'll realize that there's a lot of Star Wars licensed goods available. If you end up buying far more than you have space for, consider storing them at a self storage location. If you've outgrown your current one, or need one for the first time, we have your back.
You can always partake in the memes on social media, or browse the web for them. Buzzfeed has some good lists. Hey, you can always copy those images and share them on Twitter or Facebook.
Plan for a Convention
Although over 100 million Americans are at least half vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, things are opening up slowly. We’re all for this. Let’s stay safe and do this right! It means that it’s not quite time to get together with a bunch of people yet for a celebration. Most states still don’t allow in-person conventions at full capacity, though you can expect many to come back late in the year and in 2022 as long as enough people get vaccinated.
That said, if you enjoy dressing up in costume to play a favorite character, aka. cosplaying, or you enjoy other aspects of geek culture, go to at least one sci-fi convention in your life. Nearly all of them will have Star Wars stuff to enjoy. The big Star Wars-specific convention is Star Wars Celebration. The next one takes place in Anaheim, California, from August 18-21, 2022.
Watch the Movies Again
Of course, this is a great day to sit back in the evening and watch one or more of the Star Wars movies. Start with one today and keep watching them over the rest of the week. A great way to enjoy them is in Machete Order. This is especially true if you’ve somehow never seen them, or if you have kids or friends who haven’t.
Machete Order goes like this.
- Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V–The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode VI–Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode VII–The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Episode VIII–The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode IX–The Rise of Skywalker
This order preserves all the plot twists, many of which get ruined if you watch the movies in numerical order. It removes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which starts so far back it isn’t necessary to the overall narrative. Episodes II and III act as an extended flashback that makes Episode VI more impactful.
Watch These Hilarious Re-dubs
What happens when the Star Wars films get translated into Mandarin and then get literal translations back into English? You get versions of the films with weird, funny lines. Episodes III, IV, and V have been dubbed with the altered English script, and you can find them online. Search YouTube and Vimeo. The new titles are as follows.
- Star War: The Third Gathers - Backstroke of the West
- Star War: The Fourth Gathers: The Novelty Desire
- Star War: The Fifth Gathers - The Counterattack Collection
There is some foul language, and it makes no sense in context, but is quite funny. We hope you enjoy the absurdity of it all.
These should give you some fun ideas for how to enjoy Star Wars Day! Oh, and keep in mind, too, that you can continue your celebration the next day, on Revenge of the Fifth.