TAMPA, Fla. — Seeing lots of people say “May the 4th be with you”? Wondering who this Obi-Wan guy is?

From a lifelong Star Wars fan, the answers you seek are right here, young Padawans.


What You Need To Know

  • May 4th has become the day that Star Wars fans around the world have come to recognize as Star Wars Day

  • It’s, of course, a play on the classic Star Wars phrase, “May the Force be with you”

  • The first Star Wars film was released on May 25, 1977

May 4th has become the day that Star Wars fans around the world have come to recognize as Star Wars Day.

It’s, of course, a play on the classic Star Wars phrase, “May the Force be with you.”

"The Force" in Star Wars is what gives the Jedi their powers.

“It’s an energy field created by all living things,” as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi explained to Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars film, “A New Hope.” (More on them in a sec.)

That’s also the first time we heard, “May the Force be with you,” when the first Star Wars film was released on May 25, 1977.

Despite that being the actual anniversary of Star Wars, the play on words with May 4th has made this the day to celebrate.

According to the official Star Wars website, it was first referenced on May 4th, 1979, when a newspaper in the UK used the headline, “May the 4th Be With You, Maggie!” for the new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

But #MayThe4thBeWithYou has really taken off in recent years, thanks to fans sharing their love of Star Wars on social media. And there’s more Star Wars content than ever before, since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012. (Disney could fill the Death Star with everything they are producing.)

In fact, Disney used May 4th this year to release more promotional materials for its upcoming Disney+ series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Ewan McGregor is reprising the role of Obi-Wan, who he last played on screen in “Revenge of the Sith” in 2005. Hayden Christensen will also be returning as the iconic villain, Darth Vader. The story is set between the prequel and original trilogies, giving fans a long-awaited story of Obi-Wan during that time. The series begins May 27.

How to celebrate Star Wars Day, you ask? Master Yoda might ask it that way. Perhaps a movie marathon, making a Star Wars recipe, dressing up, or getting into a heated debate about what order to watch the movies in. (My recommendation: Release order is best!)

Some local businesses are getting in on the fun. Emerald City Comics in Clearwater is having a sale of Star Wars merchandise, and 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg will be holding a May the 4th Fun Run tonight.

In Central Florida, you can visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a full day of Star Wars experiences. Outside of the theme park, for example, Audubon Park will host a showing of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" on the outfield behind Redlight Redlight starting at 8:30 p.m., and Redlight will have on tap a Star Wars-themed beer brewed up by the Ravenous Pig. Outside of Orlando, Dees Brothers Brewery in Sanford is offering Darth Malt Imperial Stout and Jedi Mind Wit Belgian Wheat with Apricot and will show "A New Hope" starting at 7:30 p.m.

It’s a big galaxy after all, so that decision is yours on how to celebrate.

May the 4th be with you.