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Country: United States

Long Name: United States of America

Abbreviations: US, USA

Capital: Washington DC

Time Zones: 7 (Main Country)

Total Time Zones: 12 (with dependencies)

Dial Code: +1

Mar 13

Forward 1 hour

Mar 13, 2016 - Daylight Saving Time Started

When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 13, 2016 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

More info:
March 13, 2016: DST Starts in USA & Canada

Nov 6

Back 1 hour

Nov 6, 2016 - Daylight Saving Time Ended

When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

More info:
USA & Canada: DST Ends on Nov 6, 2016

Other years: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

When Does DST Start and End in the US?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in most of the United States starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.

Which States and Federal Districts use Daylight Saving Time in 2016

Areas in United States using DST in 2016
Areas in United States on standard time all of 2016
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Daylight Saving Time Info

DST in States and Federal Districts in USA in 2016
(51 in total, 49 where all observe DST, 1 which doesn't observe DST, 1 with parts on DST)

AlabamaMar 13 - Nov 6KentuckyMar 13 - Nov 6OhioMar 13 - Nov 6
AlaskaMar 13 - Nov 6LouisianaMar 13 - Nov 6OklahomaMar 13 - Nov 6
Arizona (northeast)Mar 13 - Nov 6MaineMar 13 - Nov 6OregonMar 13 - Nov 6
ArizonaNo DSTMarylandMar 13 - Nov 6PennsylvaniaMar 13 - Nov 6
ArkansasMar 13 - Nov 6MassachusettsMar 13 - Nov 6Rhode IslandMar 13 - Nov 6
CaliforniaMar 13 - Nov 6MichiganMar 13 - Nov 6South CarolinaMar 13 - Nov 6
ColoradoMar 13 - Nov 6MinnesotaMar 13 - Nov 6South DakotaMar 13 - Nov 6
ConnecticutMar 13 - Nov 6MississippiMar 13 - Nov 6TennesseeMar 13 - Nov 6
DelawareMar 13 - Nov 6MissouriMar 13 - Nov 6TexasMar 13 - Nov 6
District of ColumbiaMar 13 - Nov 6MontanaMar 13 - Nov 6UtahMar 13 - Nov 6
FloridaMar 13 - Nov 6NebraskaMar 13 - Nov 6VermontMar 13 - Nov 6
GeorgiaMar 13 - Nov 6NevadaMar 13 - Nov 6VirginiaMar 13 - Nov 6
HawaiiNo DSTNew HampshireMar 13 - Nov 6WashingtonMar 13 - Nov 6
IdahoMar 13 - Nov 6New JerseyMar 13 - Nov 6West VirginiaMar 13 - Nov 6
IllinoisMar 13 - Nov 6New MexicoMar 13 - Nov 6WisconsinMar 13 - Nov 6
IndianaMar 13 - Nov 6New YorkMar 13 - Nov 6WyomingMar 13 - Nov 6
IowaMar 13 - Nov 6North CarolinaMar 13 - Nov 6
KansasMar 13 - Nov 6North DakotaMar 13 - Nov 6

DST in Other Locations in USA in 2016 (1 Location)

Palmyra AtollNo DST

Which States Don't Use DST?

Most of Arizona and Hawaii don't use DST. Indiana introduced DST in 2006.

Daylight Saving Time in Dependencies of USA

DependencyTypeDaylight Saving Time Period
American SamoaUnincorp. unorg. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
GuamUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
Northern Mariana IslandsUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
Puerto RicoUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
US Minor Outlying IslandsTerritoryNo Daylight Saving Time
US Virgin IslandsUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time

US dependencies do not use Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Daylight Saving Time History in United States

DST in the USA Today

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the USA starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

According to section 110 of the act, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) governs the use of DST. The law does not affect the rights of the states and territories that choose not to observe DST.

Confusing DST Rules

Historically, there were no uniform rules for DST from 1945 to 1966. This caused widespread confusion, especially in transport and broadcasting. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the switch dates across the USA for the first time.

Following the 1973 oil embargo, the US Congress extended the DST period to 10 months in 1974 and 8 months in 1975, in an effort to save energy.

After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the DST schedule in the US was revised several times. From 1987 to 2006, the country observed DST for about 7 months each year.