Top Gun Day is one of those recently made-up internet holidays. It’s fake. But that’s okay. Fake things make us feel better.
The point of this day is to celebrate the Tom Cruise classic, which makes it a great day to sing the Righteous Brothers, play some sweaty volleyball, and don a shiny pair of aviators. Top Gun Day is the brainchild of Greg Shephard, an online ad salesman who also founded an online Angry Birds fan community, of all things. According to the Radio Times, the date was meant to be May 16 — the movie’s original 1986 release date — but someone screwed up the date on some graphics and Shepherd and company just decided to go with it.
Shephard’s company registered topgunday.com in October of 2008, and the first time the holiday was celebrated was on May 13, 2009. The website looks like it exists mostly to sell merchandise, and it hasn’t even been updated this year.
But people love Top Gun, and plenty of folks on Twitter are taking the opportunity to celebrate the movie and the military today.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 13, 2020
— The Aviationist (@TheAviationist) May 13, 2020
— Safran Aerosystems (@SafranAerosys) May 13, 2020
And while it started on an unofficial basis, the studio behind Top Gun has gotten into the action. Paramount chose today as the release date for the digital 4K version of Top Gun.