What is First Contact Day? Your guide to Star Trek’s most important day

1996 Patrick Stewart stars in the new movie "Star Trek: First Contact".
1996 Patrick Stewart stars in the new movie "Star Trek: First Contact". /

Today is Star Trek: First Contact Day, but what is it and why is it so important?

Today is Star Trek: First Contact day and it’s one of the most important days on the calendar for all Star Trek fans. For newer fans, though, it may not be exactly known what First Contact Day is. Well, it’s the in-universe date that the Vulcans landed on Earth to establish first contact with humanity.

It was depicted in the film, Star Trek: First Contact, and was revealed to have happened on April 5, 2063.

Due to that, this is a holiday that is often shared a bit ironically by Star Trek fans in a variety of ways. Mostly by watching First Contact.

Due to that, the film’s release date, Nov. 22, is also a bit of a Trek-holiday as well. So if you’re new to the fandom and want to catch up on the film and the holiday, we compiled a bunch of links below that you can check out so you can get into the spirit of things.

Catch up on what First Contact means to Star Trek fans

About Star Trek: First Contact (the film)

You can own the Borg Queen skull from Star Trek: First Contact for just $1,500

3 Star Trek source music cues that help First Contact soar

Patrick Stewart and Ronald D. Moore clashed on Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact was almost a 15th century tale

Only First Contact can compete with Wrath of Khan for ‘Best Star Trek’ film

Watch: Star Trek: First Contact interviews from a 1996 press junket

10 Facts about Star Trek: First Contact on its 25th anniversary

3 things that worked and 3 things we wish we could’ve seen in Star Trek: First Contact

Did You Know?: Star Trek: First Contact featured 3 iconic Vulcans

Did You Know?: There was a subtle Spock related Easter egg in Star Trek: First Contact

7 people you may have forgot were in Star Trek: First Contact

Past articles about Star Trek’s First Contact Day

Star Trek fans get new teaser trailers, convention and more on First Contact Day

Strangers from the Sky makes great First Contact Day reading

Star Trek Timelines celebrates First Contact Day this week

Startrek.com has an epic First Contact Day planned

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