Americans nationwide—with the exception of recalcitrant Arizonans, Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans, and a few others—will lose an hour of sleep this Sunday, when Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2 a.m.
When that hour strikes, 2 a.m. becomes 3 a.m. Losing an hour of sleep results in an extra hour of sunlight the following day.
Daylight Savings Time was formally established in the United States by the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Many countries have abandoned the practice that was originally designed to save energy and provide extended outdoor hours during warm weather.
A petition on the White House's petition-hosting website "We the People" currently encourages the Obama administration to ditch the practice. The petition sports 8,373 signatures as of Friday afternoon, and will need slightly over 90,000 more to be entitled to an official response.
Despite the hubbub of dissenters, some of whom claim health issues and associated business losses stem from the change, D.C. will party on into the wee hours of March 6.
The Washington Post reports that D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Association this year allowed bars and restaurants to apply to stay open until 4 a.m. Ordinarily bars must close by 3 a.m. in the nation's capital. The Post notes that although Metro service will shut off when the hour turns, more than 60 businesses will be open late.