Daylight Saving Time (DST) provides us with a great opportunity to enjoy to the sun an hour longer each day for the next eight months. With this extra daylight, our fun activities can last a little longer, and what’s not to love about that. As we prepare to set our clocks an hour forward on Sunday, March 12, you can start to think of all the ways you will enjoy additional daylight.
How savvy are you on Daylight Saving Time history? First off, DST was originally introduced in the United States in 1918 and is observed by most of our states and territories except Hawaii, Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Also, DST was not created for farmers, contrary to popular belief, instead it came from an Englishman (not Benjamin Franklin) named William Willett who proposed the idea in 1905 so people could enjoy more time in the sun and he called this “summer time”.
Even though we lose an hour, we gain extra sunlight which means we can enjoy the outdoors an hour longer. Here are a few ways you can relish in the additional vitamin D this spring:
- Catch a baseball game: Our Michigan teams are warming up for the start of their seasons. Check out the schedules for the Detroit Tigers, West Michigan Whitecaps, Lansing Lugnuts, or the Traverse City Beach Bums and find a day to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.
- Shop localThere is nothing like taking advantage of a beautiful day and shopping for locally sourced produce and goods at Eastern Market or the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. You never know what kind of treasures you might find!
- Exercise outside: As the temperature warms up, you can move your workouts outdoors. Take a walk or run on a nearby path or hop on your bike and check out . New to the bike scene? The DTE Energy Foundation Trail was named the “Best Beginner Mountain Biking Trail in Michigan” by Singletracks Magazine and was designed with sustainable advancements to ensure a quality experience for all visitors regardless of weather conditions.
- Get involved: As the snow melts and the grass grows greener, it’s time to spruce up our outdoor environments. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Six Rivers Land Conservancy, Clinton River Watershed Council, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy are just a few organizations you can get involved with. Find one near you!
Whether you’re a DST fan or skeptic, there are plenty of ways to make the most of it while it’s here. Share how you will take advantage of the extra daylight!