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National day of mourning for George H.W. Bush: What is open, what is closed Wednesday

FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

The country will observe a National Day of Mourning Wednesday, honoring former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Days of Mourning usually recognize former commanders-in-chief. President Donald Trump issued an order to close federal offices Dec. 5 in honor of the 41st president.

There are things you need to know when it comes to what will be open and closed Wednesday depending on where you live in the DMV:


- All post office locations and federal offices will be closed. Most federal employees will have a paid day off. Some banks and courts will also close their doors.

- In Maryland, state government agencies and offices will be closed. That includes the Department of Transportation, even if you had an appointment. Self-service kiosks and online services will still be available. Maryland essential employees scheduled to work Wednesday will “receive compensatory time or additional pay,” according to the Department of Budget and Management.

- In Washington, D.C., all district offices will open as scheduled. The District’s Emergency Operations Center will operate to handle events around the state funeral.

- In Virginia, state offices will remain open.

- All the Smithsonian museums will be open and Arlington National Cemetery will welcome visitors and continue with all funerals and ceremonies as scheduled.

- The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will not open.

- The House of Representatives cancelled all votes for the week and the Senate postponed votes until after Wednesday.

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