What Star Wars Movie Came Out on May 4th?

May the 4th be with you! Every year on May 4th, Star Wars fans all over the world celebrate their love for the franchise.

But did you know that there is a particular reason why May 4th is significant for Star Wars fans? This day is known as “Star Wars Day” because of a pun on the iconic phrase “May the Force be with you.” In this article, we will discuss which Star Wars movie came out on May 4th and how it became associated with this special day.

Star Wars Day and its Origins

The origins of Star Wars Day can be traced back to a play on words. The phrase “May the fourth be with you” is a play on the famous line from Star Wars, “May the Force be with you.”

The first recorded use of this pun was in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party took out an advertisement in The London Evening News that read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

However, it wasn’t until years later that May 4th became associated with Star Wars. In 2011, Toronto’s Underground Cinema held a Star Wars Day event where they screened all six movies in one day. Since then, it has become an annual tradition for Star Wars fans to celebrate their love for the franchise on May 4th.

The Release of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

In terms of film releases, only one Star Wars movie has been released on May 4th so far – ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’ This spin-off movie tells the story of Han Solo’s early adventures before he joined up with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.’

Despite being released on such a special day for fans, ‘Solo’ didn’t perform as well as expected at the box office. Some attribute this to the fact that it was released only five months after ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and fans were not yet ready for another movie so soon.

What Else Happens on Star Wars Day?

Apart from watching Star Wars movies, there are many other ways that fans celebrate May 4th. Some dress up in costumes, while others organize events such as trivia nights, cosplay competitions, and lightsaber battles. Many companies also offer discounts on Star Wars merchandise on this day.


In conclusion, May 4th is a special day for Star Wars fans all over the world. It is a day to celebrate their love for the franchise and everything it stands for.

While only one movie has been released on this day so far, there are sure to be more in the future. So put on your Jedi robes or Stormtrooper armor and enjoy everything that Star Wars Day has to offer!