Seattle will spring ahead to daylight savings time on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. Each time zone switches at a different time.
If Congress approves the Washington State request to permanently stay on Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), we won’t fall back on Sunday, November 3, 2020 to Pacific Standard Time (PST). The measure to adopt permanent PDT received broad support in both houses. Washington State legislators passed House Bill 1196 in April 2019, with the House voting 90-6 and Senate voting 46-2. Governor Inslee approved the measure in May, putting the state on course to permanently remain on PDT.
But the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations state that a state must get permission from Congress to make the change to PDT permanent. Although remaining on PST would not require congressional permission, past efforts to adopt permanent PST were unpopular because the sun would rise in summer as early as 4 a.m.
A few downtown Seattle street clocks
Going roughly from north to south:
- Belltown Billiards, 90 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121
- Bergman Luggage Sign, 1901 3rd Ave (at Stewart St), Seattle, WA 98101
- Century Square, 1501 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
- Tiffany & Co. at Pacific Place, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101
- Pike Place Market, Pike Place and Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
- Bill Whipple’s Question Mark Clock at 5th and Pine, Seattle, WA 98101
- Ben Bridge Jeweler, 1432 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
- King Street Station, 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98101
Find many more Seattle street clocks at Seattle Clock Walk, produced by local engineering manager Rob Ketcherside. Rob’s extensive list of clocks, with maps, includes clocks in downtown Seattle and across the city, on building facades, as well as street clocks. Fascintating stuff. Rob researches local Seattle history, so be sure to check out his Rob’s blog and his book Amazon: “Lost Seattle” by Rob Rob Ketcherside.
History of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the warmer parts of the year (usually summer months), and back again in the colder parts (usually fall), so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. DST is practiced in over 70 countries worldwide, although the beginning and end dates vary from one place to another.
Daylight saving was first used in the U.S. in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, who introduced “Fast Time” as a cost-saving measure during World War I. Franklin D. Roosevelt also implemented the practice from 1942-1945 during World War II. Hence, DST was also been referred to as “War Time” and “Peace Time”.
After WWII ended, the practice was used inconsistently throughout the U.S., causing confusion, especially in the transportation and broadcasting industries. Finally, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. The practice was revised several times over the decades.
The current DST schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a state ordinance. In the U.S., Arizona and Hawaii do not observe DST.
Daylight Saving is controversial. Some complain that the dark winter mornings endanger lives because people, and especially school children, leave home when it is still dark. Also, studies show that there is an increase in heart attacks and road accidents as people adjust to the time change. Proponents of DST say it makes better use of natural daylight, conserves energy spent on artificial light, decreases road accidents by ensuring roads are lit naturally during the hours with most traffic, and boosts the economy because people stay out later and spend more money on activities like festivals, shopping and concerts.
Read more about Daylight Saving Time.
Calendar of upcoming events
The following calendar lists upcoming free and cheap tours and attractions for the next 30 days throughout the Puget Sound region.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
But wait, there’s more!
- Besides clocks, here are 11 Puget Sound lighthouses you can visit for free.
- And enjoy these 93 Free attractions around the Puget Sound region.
- Plus our big list of free & cheap tours around the Puget Sound region.
- Finally, here’s a list of 101+ always free things to do for fun.
- Find free and cheap things to do every day on the Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar.
- Visit the Greater Seattle on the Cheap home page and choose from a menu of free and cheap activities in the Puget Sound region.
Love our cheap ideas? Get DEALS delivered by email – yes, of course it’s FREE! Click here to subscribe.