Vulcan: Live long and prosper.
Dr. Zefram Cochrane: Thanks.
~ Star Trek: First Contact
Do you consider yourself a real Trekkie? Did you spend your youth trying to Vulcan Nerve Pinch your problems away? Do you have a regulation Star Fleet uniform in your closet and speak Klingon as a second language? Then get your uniform on and prepare to celebrate First Contact! Star Trek First Contact Day is celebrated by fans everywhere, and even if you don’t know Zefram Cochrane from Zac Efron, you’re welcome to join in!
History of Star Trek First Contact Day
There is one day in the history of mankind in the Star Trek universe that stands out above all others, even though it’s only celebrated as a relatively minor holiday. On that day in 2063, Zefram Cochrane first took a flight at speeds in excess of Warp 1 in the Phoenix, alerting the Vulcan race to their entrance into the interstellar community and initiating first contact. Some 300 years later it was commemorated as First Contact Day, and the celebration went on from there. Star Trek: First Contact Day commemorates that day in real life, and fans everywhere get together to celebrate the most pivotal moment in Star Trek human history!
First Contact is an important part of a species introduction into the galactic community and is handled very carefully by the extant species of Star Fleet. Generally speaking, they find it beneficial to privately approach the scientists and other intellectuals of the target species with the belief that they’ll be ready to accept the existence of off-world species. The approach is generally timed for when the species is about to enter the galactic community by engaging in their first faster-than-light travel. From that point, they receive an explanation about what the universe outside their solar system is like and are welcomed in.
How To Celebrate Star Trek First Contact Day
Well, the first step to celebrating is getting out Star Trek: First Contact and giving it a fresh watch. But that can be just the beginning, you can have a Star Trek: First Contact Day celebration like they do in Star Trek! Just get together with your friends, preferably in uniform, and bring out Zefram Cochrane’s favorite cheeses, serve cheese pirogi’s, and play some old style rock and roll on the radio! That’s the beginning of a fantastic celebration, and since you’re already together, you may as well do a complete marathon of all the movies!