Friday is Star Wars day in honor of the iconic film franchise. It is now celebrated every May 4 because of the pun “May the fourth be with you” playing off of the catchphrase “May the Force be with you” from the films.

As a big fan of the Star Wars films, I like to offer my friends and family well wishes, which usually ends when my wife gets tired of hearing the bad pun. But this year, it falls on a workday, so she won’t be around to hear me annoy all my coworkers with the bad pun.

It’s always fascinated me that the general public and Lucasfilm, the caretakers of the franchise, embraced May 4 as Star Wars day, when it’s just three weeks short of May 25, which is the actual date the first movie came out in 1977. For those that don’t have a chance to celebrate today, there’s also “Revenge of the fifth” on May 5, which is a pun on the “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” title, though some prefer “Revenge of the sixth” on May 6, as it makes a slightly better pun.

Growing up, my friends and I loved all the Star Wars movies, played with the toys and imagined ourselves in that universe. One guy I grew up with was actually born on May 25, 1977, and I always thought he had the coolest birthday in the world.

Star Wars has become such a big part of our culture that everyone gets the significance of celebrating the franchise, even when it’s not on May 4. My young son and I were recently watching baseball highlights and Fenway Park in Boston had many attendees dressed in authentic-looking costumes for its Star Wars celebration. As he’s only 2, my son hasn’t seen the movies yet, so when he saw the child dressed as an Ewok, he said, “Look, a bear.” However, my smile was soon erased as the camera panned past someone in a great-looking Chewbacca costume and the boy said, “Ooh, a lion.”

Obviously he needs to see the original Star Wars film soon.

Happy birthday Friday to Lynda Borah of Denison; Jo Bateman, Elisheah Nelson, Donna Gilliam, Alayja Futrell, Destiny Alexander, and Joy Jones, all of Sherman; Elisheah Nelson of Greenville; and Jan Gibbs of Ivanhoe.