Switch “fourth” with “force” and you’ve got the jist of Star Wars Day. First celebrated in 1979, Star Wars Day has evolved in to a worldwide celebration of all the best parts of Star Wars. Especially Jedi. While die-hard fans tend to treat every day like Star Wars Day, there are events all over the world on May 4. Fans celebrate by dressing as their favorite characters and going to local festivals screening the films and holding contests. Evenastronauts get in on the proceedings. Facebook and Twitter are the best places to connect with local events near you. Fun fact: May the Fourth has become so popular that the following day has become its own unofficial holiday – Revenge of the Fifth – devoted to all things Sith. Especially Darth Vader.
The king of geek holidays, Geek Pride Day began in 2006 to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film and evolved into a worldwide celebration of geek culture. Geek Pride Day also happens to fall on the same day as Towel Day and the Glorious 25th of May, roping in the respective fanbases of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. That’s a whole lot of pride packed into one day – and there are lots of different ways to celebrate (and rules to follow)! You can go to one of11 different fan conventions, brandish your sonic screwdriver, deck out your home with geeky stuff (on sale! Because ThinkGeek loves you!), or live tweet Star Wars while bakingYoda cookies. You can even learn a new programming language, if that’s how your geek flag flies. Towel Day fans keep a towel with them at all times, while Pratchett’s fans honor him by wearing lilac and raising awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research following the author’s 2007 diagnosis (find places to donate here).
When Marty McFly climbs into the DeLorean in Back to the Future, several dates are listed on the dashboard. One of them is October 21, 2015, and it’s the day Marty McFly is set to “return” to the future. It’s a bit of a controversy due to false dates circulating online, but 2015 is the actual date in the film. Watching the trilogy is the best way to celebrate, but you can also go back in time on Google Maps to find Doc Brown, participate in your own time traveling prank, or purchase these self-lacing Nike sneakers. Fun fact: today is also Alfred Nobel’s birthday.
Google was created on September 7, 1996, so that’s the day its fans choose to show their appreciation. Granted that celebration amounts to conducting lots of Google searches and scrolling through their favorite doodles, but still: Google does get in on the fun with a special doodle. Google’s birthday is an unofficial geek holiday, and while there isn’t an official community fans everywhere get in on the fun by sharing how their lives could never be the same without it. Fun fact: Google shares the calendar with Labor Day this year.
Steve Jobs introduced the very first Macintosh computer January 24, 1984. Due to the brand’s enduring popularity and devoted fanbase, it has its very own holiday… though why it turned into January 25 is anyone’s guess. Again, there’s no official community, but if you needed a specific date on your calendar to hug your iPhone, practice your Steve Jobs, and stand in line outside an Apple Store, this is it. Alternatively, you could also visit its new spaceship headquarters, or play Apple II games to honor the company’s very first computer.