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What is Star Wars Day? What 'May the Fourth Be With You' means and ways to celebrate

From quirky cooking to a new documentary launch, there are plenty of ways to mark the occasion.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
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Published: Tuesday, 3rd May 2022 at 3:52 pm

For Star Wars fans across the globe, May the 4th takes on a very special significance: the day is devoted to celebrating the world-famous sci-fi franchise with a range of events and special offers.

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If nothing else, the celebration also gives fans the perfect excuse (as if one was needed) to revisit some of the films and series in the ever-expanding franchise – don't forget to consult our best Star Wars movies order list for a few tricks and tips.

And although the biggest Star Wars release of May 2022 won't be happening until later in the month (when Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney Plus), there's still lots to enjoy for fans on Star Wars Day 2022.

If you're keen to celebrate, then we've got all the information you need right here. From activities and events to enticing special offers, this is your essential primer for the big day.

When is Star Wars Day?

Star Wars Day takes place on Wednesday 4th May 2022 and will be marked by new content, merchandise sales and fan celebrations around the globe.

Star Wars Day does not quite qualify as a celebration of the anniversary of the franchise, as 1977's A New Hope first hit cinemas in the United States on the 25th May.

Why is it called Star Wars Day?

This particular date has been referred to as Star Wars Day since 2011, after widespread fan use of the phrase: "May the fourth be with you."

Of course, the joke riffs on the iconic Star Wars catchphrase "May the force be with you", which characters often say to each other to wish good luck on dangerous missions.

Some fans choose to take the concept further and take part in additional celebrations on the 5th or 6th May, which they dub "Revenge of the fifth/sixth".

This is a reference to 2005's Revenge of the Sith, which remains one of the darkest entries in the franchise and particular attention is paid to Star Wars villains on this day to reflect that.

Star Wars Day 2022 events

There's always plenty to get excited about on Star Wars Day and this year is no exception, with the launch of a brand new series and a fan art celebration among the events taking place.

Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett documentary launches

The Book of Boba Fett

Disney Plus is marking the occasion with the release of a new documentary – giving fans an in-depth look behind the scenes of the most recent live-action Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett.

Similar to Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which was released on the streamer last summer, the documentary includes insight from filmmakers, cast and crew, features never-before-seen footage, and offers fans a look at the groundbreaking technology and practical effects that brought the series to life.

You can sign up to Disney Plus for £79.90 a year or £7.99 a month

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Comic

If Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been your favourite Star Wars character, then May is a very exciting month indeed.

Not only is a brand new series coming to Disney Plus later in the month – with Ewen McGregor reprising his role from the prequel films – but the first issue of a new comic miniseries focusing on the character is being released just in time for Star Wars Day.

Sales

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Star Wars Day often sees sales on Star Wars products, so if you fancy treating yourself to a comic book, video game or other memorabilia, keep an eye out for the best deals.

If you're a gamer, you can get up to 80 per cent off games including Star Wars Battlefront II Celebration Edition, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: Squadrons on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Origin and Steam until 10th May.

If you want to dip your toe into the wild world of Star Wars Lego, you can also find all sorts of deals on the Lego website – with some new and hard-to-find sets on offer.

And there are also many more special offers on the day, so have a browse on StarWars.com and find a bargain.

How to celebrate Star Wars Day

Attempt some galactic cooking 

For the true Star Wars experience, some fans have taken to cooking up treats inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

If you felt jealous of Grogu as he enjoyed those appetising blue macarons in The Mandalorian season two, the official Star Wars website has a recipe that will help you make your very own.

If that doesn't take your fancy, the site also has tips on making Yoda pancakes, a Princess Leia-inspired rice bowl and even Luke Skywalker's favourite drink: blue milk!

Watch your favourite Star Wars stories on Disney Plus

Boba Fett and Din Djarin in The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Disney Plus

Disney Plus has become the premier location for all things Star Wars, as it currently hosts all nine films in the mainline saga, as well as being the exclusive home of spinoff television series The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

If you want to dive even deeper, you can check out the increasingly influential animated series from Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch and Rebels), or for something a little more obscure, take a trip back to the action-packed original Clone Wars series by Genndy Tartakovsky (no longer canon, but still a lot of fun).

Everyone has their own favourite chapter in Star Wars history, so whether you're a fan of the originals, the prequels or the recent sequels, take some time to revisit one of the greatest sci-fi creations of all time.

Get crafty

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you might want to try your hand at some arts and crafts on Star Wars Day.

The official Star Wars website has tips on easy crafts that should be good fun for kids of all ages, such as Padawan bracers, Endor coasters and a Lobot bookmark.

More activities and resources can be found on the Star Wars Kids website, including colouring pages, paper crafts and more.

The complete Star Wars saga is available to stream on Disney Plus. You can sign up to Disney Plus for £79.90 a year or £7.99 a month.

Check out more of our Sci-Fi and Fantasy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight. Head over to Star Wars Day deals live blog for the best LEGO, PS5 and shopDisney offers. 

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