16:00 on a 24-hour clock is is 4:00 PM on a 12-hour clock. This system is used throughout the world (not just the military) and leverages a 24-hour time clock rather than the 12-hour AM/PM system known to most English speaking countries. Below are ways to convert 16:00 through a time chart, automated converter, and how to convert the 24 hour clock into a 12-hour AM/PM system by hand.
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24-hour time is used in aviation, military, meteorology, logistics, and other fields. The 12-hour clock is only used in 18 countries globally, including the United States and Canada.
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In America, 4PM means you’re one hour away from quitting time at the office! However, the ideal of a 9-5 is less of a reality and more of an antiquated way of viewing the work day. Today, 4:00 is just as common to end an 8-hour shift or even leave the office.
4:00 PM in Great Britain is traditionally time for Afternoon Tea. This is a British tradition, originating in the 19th century to fill the time between lunch and dinner which was served sometimes as late as 8pm. It is often confused with High Tea which can be served with heartier dishes. Today, people still enjoy afternoon tea at 4pm if their work schedules allow and is a very common booking in cities as a treat.
In Scotland, High Tea is also served at 4:00 or 5:00pm but is far heartier, serving hot foods and savory dishes headed into the evening.
4:00 PM is also when the Stock Market closes for the day between Monday - Friday. What’s interesting is that NYSE and Nasdaq trade globally but all times are in Eastern Standard Time. The only time they close before 4PM is during holidays when they close at 1pm.
It is easy to convert from 24-hour time to 12-hour time once you know a few tricks. The primary difference between the two is that the hours in a 24 hour clock go all the way up to 23 (from 0 to 23). In a 12-hour clock, the hour resets to 1 after noon (midday). Follow the steps below to convert 16:00 to 12-hour time.
24-hour time and military time are very similar! See our page on military time for more information.