On May 25th, 1977, cinema goers around the world experienced the unforgettable magic of Star Wars for the first time.
Nearly 40 years on, this pioneering cult classic of science fiction has become a global phenomenon which has caught the imaginations of millions of fans. The original Star Wars has been followed by six more feature films, including last year’s ‘The Force Unleashed’, and a host of spin-offs such as cartoon series ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars Rebels’.
Children today are just as inspired and awestruck by the magic of the Star Wars universe as they were in 1977, and the cultural influence of George Lucas’s space epic is difficult to exaggerate. As well as launching the careers of such stars as Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and inspiring a new generation of film makers, it set the standard for every special effects-led blockbuster of the last 40 years.
And for Star Wars fans throughout the USA and all over the world, the month of May is particularly special. Not only is it the month in which the original Star Wars was first released, it is also marks George Lucas' birthday, and every year, on May 4th, fans celebrate International Star Wars Day.
This year there will be countless events right across the USA, from Star Wars film marathons and costume parades, to Star Wars themed baseball fixtures and attractions at Disney resorts. If you can’t find an event near you, why not host your own? It’s the perfect chance for you to dress as your favorite Star Wars character and share your passion with your fellow fans. So on May 4th 2016, celebrate the magic of George Lucas’s epic saga, and may the Force be with you!