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Daylight Saving Time 2024 in the USA – Save the Date!

21/02/2024 19:59 - AKTUALIZACJA 21/02/2024 21:12
Daylight saving time 2024 in the USA

Get ready for the upcoming shift to Daylight Saving Time in 2024 across the USA. Whether you’re looking forward to longer days or dreading the initially darker mornings, it’s time to prepare for the clock adjustment. Mark this important date to avoid any calendar confusion.

When is Daylight Saving Time 2024 in the USA?

Daylight Saving Time kicks off on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 2:00 a.m. local time, signaling the clocks to spring forward by one hour. Later in the year, on November 3, 2024, at 2:00 a.m. local time, clocks will fall back by one hour, marking the end of this year’s Daylight Saving Time. Meanwhile, in most European countries, Summer Time, or British Summer Time as it’s called in the UK, commences on March 31, 2024, and concludes on October 27, 2024.

Interesting Facts about Time Change in the USA

While Daylight Saving Time has been a fixture in the United States for decades, many are unaware of its intriguing history and associated facts.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 was introduced to enhance efficiency and coordination within the transportation industry. This act not only standardized time across the five existing time zones (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, and Alaska) but also established a uniform time system. Prior to this law, the decision to observe Daylight Saving Time was left to individual cities.

Since its official inception, the start and end dates of Daylight Saving Time have undergone several changes. Before 1986, it typically began on the last Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. However, in 1986, Congress passed a law shifting the start date to the first Sunday in April, effective from 1987 onwards, while maintaining the end date as the last Sunday in October.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 further modified the start and end dates, moving them from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March. This adjustment was later revised in 2007, with the start date shifted to the second Sunday in March and the end date to the first Sunday in November. While federal law permits states to adhere to standard time, any changes must receive congressional approval.

Who Proposed Daylight Saving Time?

Although formally implemented in the US in 1966, the concept of Daylight Saving Time dates back much earlier. Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea in a satirical essay published in 1784, aiming to encourage Parisians to adjust their sleep schedules to save on candle and lamp oil expenses.

In 1907, Englishman William Willett advocated for Daylight Saving Time in his pamphlet titled „The Waste of Daylight.” He suggested advancing clocks in spring and reverting them back in autumn, along with promoting earlier rising during the summer months.

Do All US States and Territories Observe Daylight Saving Time?

Several US states and territories opt out of Daylight Saving Time. Arizona discontinued the practice in 1968 due to increased energy consumption for cooling homes with an additional hour of sunlight.

Similarly, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa refrain from observing Daylight Saving Time for similar reasons.

In Poland, transitions between winter and summer time occurred periodically. Summer time was implemented in Poland during various periods from 1916 to the present, aligning with European regulations rather than those of the USA.