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DST Start 2021: US and Canada

Most of the United States and Canada start Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Several states are passing bills for permanent DST.

A map of time zones and DST in the US and Canada.
A map of time zones and DST in the US and Canada.

The striped areas will start Daylight Saving Time on March 14, 2020.

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People in areas that observe DST will set their clocks forward one hour from 02:00 (2 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time, on March 14, 2021.

Standard time, also known as winter time, will resume on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Affects Most of the US

Only the following areas do not change their clocks:

Canada: DST Change

In Canada, clocks will change in almost all areas, except:

Up to US Congress to Change DST Law

13 US states have passed bills in favor of year-round DST.However, none have received congressional approval to abolish the time change. For this to happen, Congress first has to pass a federal law allowing states to observe DST year-round because today's law only allows states to forgo DST.

Legislation in 2020:

  • In February, the Utah Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 59. The bill would have Utah spring ahead and stay ahead permanently, but it requires action by at least four western states before taking effect.
  • In February, the Governor of South Carolina signed Act No. 113, intending to put the state on year-round DST.
  • In March, Georgia adopted House Resolution 1240, urging the federal government to allow states to switch to permanent DST.
  • In March, the Idaho Governor signed Senate Bill 1267, which would make DST permanent in the state.
  • In March, the Wyoming Governor signed House Bill 0044, which would establish DST as the official time year-round if at least four neighboring states do the same.
  • In June, the Governor of Louisiana signed House Bill 132 to adopt Daylight Saving Time as the standard time.

Legislation in 2019:

  • In December, the Governor of Delaware signed Senate Bill 73 to keep the state permanently on DST. The bill requires that Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland each do the same.
  • In June, Maine also passed into law Legislative Document 885 to permanently keep the state on DST.
  • The Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 320 for permanent DST in June 2019. However, the bill stipulates that the law will only be implemented if Washington and California approve their all-year DST policies.
  • In May, the governor of Washington signed House Bill 1196 in favor of permanent DST.
  • In May, Tennessee governor Bill Lee signed Senate Bill 1100, establishing DST as standard time.
  • In December, Arkansas adopted House Resolution 1034 “to express the will of Arkansas to adjust Arkansas's time to preserve sunshine.”

Legislation in 2018

Canadians Are Ditching the Switch

Some Canadian provinces and territories are also ditching the switch in favor of permanent DST:

Mexico DST Divided

A few northern Mexican border towns, such as Tijuana and Juárez (Ciudad Juárez), start DST on March 14, along with the US and Canada.

However, most of Mexico starts DST on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Some regions of Mexico, including cities like Hermosillo and Cancún, do not observe DST at all.

Other areas starting DST on March 14 are Cuba, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Thule Air Base in Greenland.

Set Clocks Back or Ahead?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) shifts the local sunrise and sunset times forward one hour, resulting in more daylight in the evenings. To remember which way to set your watch, keep in mind one of these sayings: “spring forward, fall back” or “spring ahead, fall behind.” The clocks spring ahead (= losing one hour) in the spring when DST starts and fall behind one hour (= gaining one hour) when DST ends in the fall.