I have overridden the formatDateTime function of the \Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime\Timezone class in Magento 2 to display the timezone abbreviation along with the formatted date. However, I noticed that when using the 'z' pattern, it only returns the abbreviation without the full date.

I want to show date like Aug 9, 2023, 5:28:31 AM (EDT)

Here's the overridden method:

public function formatDateTime($date, $dateType = IntlDateFormatter::SHORT, $timeType = IntlDateFormatter::SHORT, $locale = null, $timezone = null, $pattern = null): string
    // Call the parent method to get the formatted date
    $formattedDate = parent::formatDateTime($date, $dateType, $timeType, $locale, $timezone, $pattern);
    // Get the timezone abbreviation
    $timezoneAbbreviation = parent::formatDateTime($date, $dateType, $timeType, $locale, $timezone, 'z');

    // Concatenate the timezone abbreviation to the formatted date
    $formattedDate .= ' (' . $timezoneAbbreviation . ')';

    return $formattedDate;

Is there any alternative method or pattern that can be used to obtain the full date along with the timezone abbreviation in a single call to the formatDateTime function? Any insights or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


I will share the formatDate directly with the object manager.

$objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
$objDate = $objectManager->create('Magento\Framework\Stdlib\DateTime   \DateTime'); 
$date = $objDate->gmtDate(); 
$newDate = date("M,d-Y h:i:s A e", strtotime($date));

show the below link for the date formatDate you want to.


  • Thanks for you answer but i want it based on timezone selected for store and not in UTC it should be like EDT
    – Zahirabbas
    Commented Dec 15, 2023 at 6:05

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