George H.W. Bush National Day of Mourning: What’s open and closed


President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a National Day of Mourning to honor America’s 41st president George H.W. Bush.

A day of mourning is rare. The last one occurred more than a decade ago when former President Gerald Ford died in 2006.

But this year’s day of mourning falls at the start of a busy holiday season.

All federal offices will be closed, including social security offices. Federal employees will be excused from work, except for reasons of national security or essential public businesses.

The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver regular mail and all post office locations will be closed, however, the post office notes:

“We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season.”

Private shipping companies such as FED Ex and UPS won’t be affected.

For taxpayers who are sending in important payments through mail, the IRS has extended deadlines by a day.

Other federal closures:

  • New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed. 
  • Some banks and courts will be closed. Federal Reserve Bank payment systems will work as normal. Closures will vary by area. 
  • The Supreme Court is postponing arguments for a day. 
  • The House has canceled all votes for the week.
  • The Senate has postponed votes to after the Wednesday funeral. 

As for what will continue to be open, we checked with city and state offices and they say they will be open at their usual times.

Local banks and public schools will not be affected either.

As for monuments like the USS Arizona Memorial, they say they too will be open on their regular hours.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be open and no fees will be collected. 

Haleakala National Park will also waive entrance fees for all park visitors. Visitor centers, campgrounds, and restrooms will be open. Sunrise reservations are required for sunrise viewing at the summit.

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