Daylight Saving Time Begins 2024

Shannon Brady
Writer & Editor

As we watch sunset slowly but steadily get later, we eagerly await the long days of the spring and summer. Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 10: at 2:00 AM, most digital clocks will spring forward automatically (analog clocks and certain digital clocks, such as oven, microwave, and some car clocks, must be moved forward manually), from 1:59 directly to 3:00.

This year, DST will end on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 AM, at which point the clocks will jump backward one hour. Check out our previous articles on DST for more information on its history and advice for staying healthy through the time change. The latter is especially important to keep in mind when DST begins: you’ll be losing an hour of sleep, so plan accordingly and try to get to bed earlier the night before!

DST was first instituted in the United States in the early twentieth century, as an energy-saving measure throughout the First and Second World Wars. The time selected for the clocks to jump forward and back (2:00 AM) was chosen because it was thought to be the least disruptive to workers and travel, especially railroad travel since trains were not running at that hour.

There has been a long-running movement in American politics to ban DST and maintain a standard time all year long, currently centering around the Sunshine Protection Act first introduced in 2018. This would change federal law to keep U.S. clocks on DST all year long. At the moment, it does not have enough votes to pass in either the Senate or House of Representatives, so no need to take it into consideration just yet.

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