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What’s open and closed for National Day of Mourning for late President George H.W. Bush

President, First Lady pay respects to George H.W. Bush

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush on Dec. 3, 2018 in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush on Dec. 3, 2018 in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

With Wednesday designated as a National Day of Mourning for the late former President George H.W. Bush, most federal offices will be closed, the stock markets will be shuttered and the mail will be suspended for the day.

The United States Postal Service announced Monday that it will only provide limited package delivery.

“Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec. 5,” USPS said in a statement.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order “to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our forty-first President of the United States.”

Bush, who died Nov. 30, will be honored Wednesday at a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital, beginning at 11 a.m. The service will be broadcast live on C-Span and news networks.

While federal offices are affected, Florida state offices and schools will remain open.

In addition to mail service being suspended, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq financial markets will be closed, according to CNN Business.

Some national parks will also be closed or have limited services. Anyone planning to attend a park is encouraged to visit www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.

Banks will be open. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ offices in Washington will be closed, but the Fed’s payment systems will function as they normally do, according to Politico.

Among America’s few seafaring presidents, former President George H.W. Bush passed away Nov. 30 at his Houston, Texas home at the age of 94.

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