Patrick Stewart is currently filming his much-anticipated return to Starfleet in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard TV series, which will continue Jean-Luc Picard’s adventures 17 years after we last saw the former captain of the Enterprise -D in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. This means that this year’s Captain Picard Day celebrations are even more vibrant than usual, with fans flocking to social media over the weekend to mark the special day.
Wait, the less enlightened among you may be thinking now, what’s Captain Picard Day? In The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus,” we learn that the children on board the Enterprise celebrate the day in honor of the esteemed captain every year. Based on the Stardate 47457.1, fans have worked out that the correct day for us celebrate the occasion is June 16th.
And so, while yesterday also happened to be Father’s Day, Trek lovers were more excited about it being Captain Picard Day.
— Matt Saffer (@TheMattSaffer) June 16, 2019
If you need a reminder of the origins of the monumental holiday, this video has you covered:
— Transporter Lock (@transporterlock) June 16, 2019
And here’s a classic Captain Picard Day joke for you all:
Happy Captain Picard Day!
Q: How many ears does Picard have?
A: Three. A right ear. A left ear. And a final front ear pic.twitter.com/rJlXWokbK3
— MarXtar (@MarXtarGroup) June 16, 2019
There’s only one proper way to celebrate, though:
It's Captain Picard Day! We suggest celebrating with…
— Bluehost (@bluehost) June 16, 2019
Some were wondering if this Captain Picard Day would bring us a new trailer for the Picard series.
Me, constantly reloading my feeds for the new series trailer and/or press announcement today after a week of Star Trek social media uncharacteristically hyping Captain Picard Day all week. pic.twitter.com/j2iZaka6Vb
— Adam (@formertwink) June 16, 2019
We didn’t exactly get that, but we were gifted this special message from TNG‘s Jonathan Frakes, from the set of Picard – for which he’s directing a couple of episodes.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 16, 2019
And finally, Captain Picard Day may now have passed, but remember to keep the spirit of it alive all year round!
Dont just wish for a Happy Captain Picard Day, "Make it so"! pic.twitter.com/eNb9pRra1L
— Fleet Admiral Echo (@Admiral_Echo) June 16, 2019
Speaking of “Make it so,” StarTrek.com recently made the ultimate supercut compiling every single time the catchphrase is uttered in The Next Generation. You can watch it here, but for those short of time, the total number of times “Make it so”‘ was said in the beloved Star Trek show is a whopping 86.