WASHINGTON, DC -  The United States of America will observe a National Day of Mourning on Wed. Dec. 5 to honor the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. 

In addition to all flags being flown at half staff, there will be closures in both the government and the private sector. 

A National Day of Mourning is effectively a Federal holiday and is usually only given in the U.S. after the death of a president. 

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Federal offices are closed on Wednesday, except for those that deal with national security, as are the major U.S. stock markets, The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. 

The National Passport Information Center, as well as all passport agencies and centers, will be closed on Wednesday. All appointments scheduled for December 5 must be rescheduled.

The United States Senate postponed all votes until after the funeral, the United States House of Representatives canceled all votes for the week, and the US Supreme Court canceled arguments before the Court for the day. 

The US Postal Service will not deliver regular mail. There will be limited package deliver to avoid backlogs during the holiday gifting season. 

According to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, “Many bank operations will be closed. In addition, some New Jersey county offices and municipal offices may be closed due to contractual requirements. Currently there is no general order closing New Jersey State offices – however, again, some contractual requirements might cause some State operations to close.”

And students, schools are open.


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