The Brief: As September 20th approaches, memes speculate about what will actually happen at Area 51 where some people claim they will break in to "see them aliens."

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Over 2 million people have signed up to a Facebook event to “storm Area 51” on September 20th. The concept of an Area 51 raid is one of the most prominent memes of the past year, but it’s become more than a mere inside joke on the internet.

An Area 51-inspired music festival called Alienstock set to take place on the weekend of the 20th in Rachel, Nevada has been canceled. After an array of issues including concerns of a “possible humanitarian disaster” came up, its creator announced its cancelation as that they will not “tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0.”  Anyone looking to attend an Area 51-themed party is welcome at an Area 51 Celebration Party on September 19th at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center.

Two Dutch YouTubers: Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier and were arrested over a week before the 20th after attempting to enter Area 51. In July, the United States Air Force warned people not to enter the area, and a spokeswoman told the Washington Post that the Air Force is “ready to protect America and its assets”.

While we hope no one will actually attempt the widely-memed “Naruto run” into Area 51 or “clap alien cheeks” on September 20th, there’s no doubt that the memes will keep on rolling.

Gear Up For September 20th

Please don’t actually raid Area 51, but please do enjoy these memes about the event.

Area 51 memes are dead so ooof
byu/jakejmr inmemes

The ultimate Kyle:

He will lead the area 51 raid
byu/Sauron3106 indankmemes

Surprised Pikachu: 

My science and math teachers said they’d be gone September 20th, me and my friends were like wHaT¿? aReA 51??
byu/ryleighklell inPewdiepieSubmissions

Keeping the area 51 meme alive
by inArea51memes

They Can’t Stop All of Us, Can’t They?
byu/KarutoKazehaya indankmemes

Is The Meme Dead?

As much of the original hype around the Area 51 raid has quieted, some memes ask whether the meme is dead.

E.T. wants to go home
byu/Xan_nT indankmemes

The Revival of Area 51 Memes
byu/ThanosHacker13 indankmemes

What Will Actually Go Down?

These memes speculate about what will actually happen at Area 51 on September 20th.

Area 51 has come
by inCrusadeMemes

Let’s see them aliens
byu/Nianderfall inmemes

the gang gonna see them aliens
byu/ya-boi-mees indogelore

They can’t stop all of us
by inmemes

What’s In Area 51?

Many Area 51 memes speculate about the near-mythical things that may be found in this top-secret area. Will September 20th be the day we finally find a toothpaste that 10/10 dentists recommend or a hand sanitizer that kills 100% of germs and bacteria?

Pls dont do stuff with the area 51 computer
byu/Grey-Legend indankmemes

Area 51-inator, here I come.
byu/WyattClawson6 inmemes

The wheels on shopping carts at Area 51:

The blessed shopping cart
by indankmemes

Maybe we’ve been inside Area 51 all along…

When we raid Area 51 we will find the exit
byu/yafeetbeyeet inmemes

Only Area 51 secrets can answer
byu/Ahmxd_a indankmemes