Clocks ‘Spring Forward’ On Sunday

March 8, 2024

I think for a lot of folks here, the long days, the warm summer temperatures, it’s a vacation in your backyard.

Tourism manager for Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission in Canada, Paul Pepe, discussing the appeal of daylight saving time. Clocks spring forward by one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Why It Matters: The majority of the United States sets their clocks an hour forward on Sunday morning. The tradition began as a way to help conserve energy used for light/heat (coal) during WWI (NOT intended to make longer days for farmers!) and has remained a topic of debate ever since. States are not required to observe the changing of clocks, but congressional approval is required to keep year-round daylight saving time; Hawaii and Arizona are the only U.S. states that do not participate. But about 40% of countries around the world “currently use what Americans call daylight saving time” (The Associated Press).

Read More: History of Daylight Saving Time (SmartHER News)

Why are clocks set forward in the spring? Thank wars, confusion and a hunger for sunlight (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas