Daylight Saving Time 2023! Here’s When Michigan Turns ‘Em Back
We sure are lucky to have the amazing sunshine in Michigan. The hours of daylight are dwindling rapidly and before you know it we will be setting our clocks back. When does Michigan turn the clocks back for Daylight Saving Time?
This year we "fall back" on November 5, 2023.
The date is important because it will give us all something to complain about! I don't like Daylight Saving Time and I don't know anyone who does. Daylight Saving Time has been going on for over a hundred years. Why?
Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?
If we are messing with the clocks and changing the time, there's got to be a good reason. Messing with people's biological clocks isn't funny but it must've been for something necessary.
The USA Today says:
Daylight saving time was first introduced in the United States in 1918 under the Standard Time Act as a measure to save on fuel costs during the First World War by adding an extra hour of sunlight to the day, according to the Library of Congress.
That was 105 years ago and the war has been over for that long too. Honestly changing the clock doesn't give you more daylight, it just changes the time that the sun is out.
How can we get rid of Daylight Saving Time?
It will literally take an act of Congress to make it happen. Here's the latest on that endeavor. Like anything else, if the majority says "change it", it's up to the governement to take care of it. Hopefully they can keep their political interests out of it and make the right decision on this.
Are there any states that don't recognize Daylight Saving Time?
There are two states in America that don't recognize Daylight Saving Time. They are Arizona and Hawaii. Their reasons for not doing so are accurate, Reader's Digest says:
Hawaii abandoned the law in 1967 because, well, it just didn’t make sense. One of the benefits of daylight saving time is that there’s more daylight in the evening. But in Hawaii, the sun rises and sets at about the same time every day.
Arizona followed suit in 1968 because it also gets a lot of daylight year-round. Not setting clocks forward also ensures that there are lower temperatures during waking and bedtime hours. However, the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona does observe daylight saving time so it can have a uniform time with parts of Navajo territory in Utah and New Mexico. A few U.S. territories also refrain from observing daylight saving time: the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Marina Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.
It's time to do away with Daylight Saving Time, who's with me?