Happy Star Wars Day 2017! May 4, 2017, is the unofficial annual Star Wars Day because it makes a pun on the catch phrase "May the Force be with you" with "May the 4th be with you." See the funniest memes here! The Star Wars franchise, centered on a film series originally created by George Lucas, has had a resurgence of popularity recently with the release of the first installment of a sequel trilogy that began in 2015 with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with spin-off films like Rogue One. The franchise originally began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981). It was followed up by the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005. Learn about the history and origins of the Star Wars Day here!