By Jody Alexander
Since the debut of the first movie in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has been one of the most watched and most loved in cinematic history. So loved in fact, that the movies have gotten their own “holiday”, Star Wars Day, on May 4th (in reference to “May the force”- or the fourth- “be with you”).
The first time “May the Fourth” was said to be referenced was just two years after the release of the first film, May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher was elected as the U.K.’s first female Prime Minister. A newspaper supposedly placed an ad saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” But there wasn’t an organized celebration of the day until 2011 in Toronto Underground Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Walt Disney Company has only officially recognized the holiday since 2013.
To celebrate, the BHS Broadcaster asked people what the films mean to them, and in our culture, and we also recreated some iconic scenes from the films.