For all of the Star Wars Fans out there, May the 4th be with you! Today is National Star Wars Day and what better way to celebrate than learning about the history of this franchise that has made its mark in pop culture history.

National Today says the first organized Star Wars day started eleven years ago in Canada. There were trivia games from the original trilogy series and featured a costume contest and fan-made content inspired by the franchise.

It was officially observed a year later after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the production company that created Star Wars. The day is also observed at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. 

The success of the first Star Wars movie, later renamed Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, was unprecedented. Sci-fi was a drying genre in the mid-1970s and was expected to be a box office dud. The movie was released on May 25, 1977, and by the end of that summer, the film grossed more than 100 million dollars. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope won six academy awards that year and also won the Special Achievement Award for its success.

After the success of the first film came Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in the 1980s. George Lucas, creator and director of Star Wars, came out with a prequel series nearly 20 years after the release of the first movie. The first film released was Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace followed by Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Though the prequel trilogy was not as successful as the first, there were more technological advances in CGI for the films and still did well at the box office. 

Since Walt Disney Studios purchased the franchise, they produced the sequel trilogy series with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens first, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi second, and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, concluding the series. There are also stand-alone films and shows set in the Star Wars Universe like The Mandalorian, Solo, and Star Wars: Rogue One.

Celebrate Star Wars day by hosting a Star Wars-themed party and dressing up as your favorite characters! You can also watch the films in the comfort of your own home, either in order or whatever order you prefer.