The Firelight Festival is an annual celebration of the founding of Stars Hollow.


The Firelight Festival celebrates the founding of Stars Hollow and is celebrated in late winter/early spring. Miss Patty usually supplies her founders' day punch for the event, which is universally recognised as 'tar for your insides'. Many game changing moments occur during the firelight festival episodes.

Story Hour

Told by Miss Patty

This boys and girls is the story of true love. A beautiful girl from one county, a handsome boy from another.
They meet and they fall in love. Separated by distance and by parents who did not approve of the union, the young couple dreamed of a day that they could be together.
They wrote each other beautiful letters. Letters of longing and passion, letters full of promises and plans for the future. Soon the separation proved too much for either one of them to bear.
So one night, cold and black with no light to guide them, they both snuck out of their homes and ran away as fast as they could. It was so dark out that they were both soon lost and it seemed as if they would never find each other.
Finally the girl dropped to her knees, tears streaming down her lovely face "oh my love, where are you? How will I find you?"
Suddenly a band of stars appeared in the sky, these stars shone so brightly they lit up the entire countryside. The girl jumped to her feet and followed the path of the stars until finally, she found herself standing right where the town gazebo is today.
And there, waiting for her was her one true love who had also been led here by the blanket of friendly stars. And that my friends is how Stars Hollow came to be and why we celebrate that fateful night every year about this time.[1]


Star-Crossed Lovers and Other StrangersSEASON 1
Luke deals with Rachel being back in his life. Sookie and Jackson share their first founders' day as a couple. Rory and Dean celebrate their 3-month anniversary and break up.
Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic GospelsSEASON 4
Jess tells Rory that he loves her. Liz and Luke have a heart-to-heart and Luke accepts that Liz's new boyfriend is a good guy.


  • Stars Hollow Mayor, Harry Porter, oversees the 2001 festival.
  • Kirk takes Taylor's place in overseeing the 2004 festival.


Notes and references

  1. Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
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