Star Wars Day

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2024 Date4 May 2024
2025 Date4 May 2025

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Star Wars Day is dedicated to celebrating the epic science-fiction saga, Star Wars, created by George Lucas. Originally a fan-made holiday, it has now been adopted as an official observance by Lucasfilm and Disney, the current owners of the franchise. The day is a unifying opportunity for fans to revel in their shared love for the Star Wars universe, characterised by specially planned events, communal viewings of the films, and social media discussions.

The origin of Star Wars Day traces back to May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister. Her party took out an ad in The London Evening News, stating, "May the Fourth be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." In Australia, Star Wars has always enjoyed widespread popularity, with many fans partaking in Star Wars Day celebrations. Australia's connection with Star Wars is further deepened given that shooting for some of the prequel films occurred on Australian soil, specifically in Sydney's Fox Studios.

In Australia, Star Wars Day is observed with much enthusiasm and excitement. Fans often host parties, wear Star Wars-themed clothing, and share their favourite moments and characters from the franchise on social media. Special screenings of the films are often organised at home or local cinemas, complete with themed treats and fantastic costumes. Star Wars Day is celebrated each year on May the 4th, derived from the franchise’s popular phrase, “May the force be with you."

Facts about Star Wars Day

  • According to the South China Morning Post, the Star Wars Saga franchise is worth more than $70 billion in 2022.
  • $11 million were spent on the production of the first Star Wars movie, which generated $775.4 million in revenue.
  • The 501st Legion, a worldwide organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, has an active Australian chapter known as the "Southern Cross Garrison", who often show up in costume to charity events and fan gatherings on Star Wars Day.
  • The world record for the largest Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon model is held by Australians. Built by "Myer" department store's Lego specialist, it took over 800 hours to complete.

Top things to do in Australia for Star Wars Day

  • Binge watch the Star War movies.
  • Dress up as a Star Wars character. Challenge your friends to do it too.
  • Visit the Star Wars exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, which features the original costumes, props, and artwork from the films.
  • Visit the May the Fourth Be With You Festival in Sydney that celebrates Star Wars Day with activities like cosplay competitions, trivia games, photo booths, and movie screenings.

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