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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Press Release: On Sunday, March 8 ‘Spring Forward’ Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2 a.m.

Mayor Gavin Buckley


Public Information Office

160 Duke of Gloucester Street

Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Media Contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or

On Sunday, March 8 ‘Spring Forward’
Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2 a.m.

Annapolis Public Safety officials: It’s a great time to think about keeping your family safe! 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 3, 2020) - At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, residents should move their clocks ahead by one hour to begin Daylight Savings Time. Please note that many electronic devices automatically adjust when Daylight Savings Time begins or ends.

The Annapolis Fire Department used to recommend the annual date to change batteries on smoke detectors. That’s still a good idea, but since most smoke detectors have 10-year batteries, the advice is a little dated.

Instead, Chief Doug Remaley of the Annapolis Fire Department and Chief Ed Jackson of Annapolis Police offer these tips to use the date as an annual reminder of these home safety items:

  • Use the date to think about creating or updating your family’s Emergency Plan (visit for samples)
  • Refresh both home and automobile emergency medical kits
  • Properly dispose of unused medication (there’s a disposal bin at the Annapolis Police Department on Taylor Avenue)

In Annapolis, Sunrise will take place at 6:29 a.m. on Saturday and at 7:27 a.m. on Sunday. Sunset on Saturday will take place at 6:05 p.m. On Sunday, it will be at 7:06 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1, 2020.

Daylight Savings Time got its start in 1784 when Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea as a way to conserve energy. By moving clocks forward in the summer, he posited that people could get an extra hour of daylight rather than waste energy lighting their homes.

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