May the 4th — a play on “May the Force be with you” — is officially recognized as Star Wars Day. According to Screenrant, Lucasfilm (the film and television production company home to the Star Wars franchise) had nothing to do with its creation. In fact, it was completely made by SW fans themselves who wanted to celebrate the movies, television shows, comics, video games, and everything else associated with the franchise. Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the company began acknowledging the day, causing it to rise in popularity even more.
Every year, fans celebrate Star Wars Day by interacting with the franchise in some way, whether that be watching their favorite SW film or series or attending a convention to share their love for the franchise with others. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, large-scale events have been canceled, including conventions, but that doesn’t mean Star Wars Day won’t go on. If anything, the celebration is only expected to be bigger, with it taking place online on various platforms. Apart from fans getting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Disney + early, fans will be able to attend a virtual SW convention.
This year, Reedpop will be hosting a two-day Online Revelry event for both May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th (May 5th). The celebration will include live-tweeting episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Q&A sessions with writers and voice actors from the franchise, as well as trivia quizzes, prize giveaways, and more. The events will occur on various social media channels associated with New York Comic Con, C2E2, BookCon, Emerald City Comic Con, and Florida SuperCon. Fans who are interested in following along can do so by tweeting the hashtags #Maythe4th and #Revengeofthe5th.
For more information about the convention, take a look at the full schedule below.