What's Closed, Open Around DC on the National Day of Mourning

Wednesday, Dec. 5 is designated a National Day of Mourning

Washington, D.C. will say goodbye to George H.W. Bush on Wednesday, which has been designated a National Day of Mourning.Here's what's open and what's closed on Dec. 5, 2018, as America remembers the 41st president.


Metro will operate on a regular schedule.

Many roads may be closed throughout the day, especially during the procession. NBC Washington details all the road closures here.

Federal Offices

Federal employees will be excused and federal offices will be closed unless it's necessary for national security or essential public business.  The House of Representatives will not meet until after Thursday in respect for George H.W. Bush, and the Supreme Court will be closed.

State Offices

The Washington, D.C., and Virginia governments will remain open. State offices in Maryland will close.

Post Offices and Mail

The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail, and post offices will remain closed. 


Washington, D.C., schools will remain open. Most schools in Maryland and Virginia will remain open; check with your school district for details.


The D.C. Superior Court will limit operations. Jurors should not report for duty. Defendants' court dates will be rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 10. Find more information on the D.C. Courts website.

Maryland courts will be closed. Normal hours will resume Thursday, Dec. 6. Find more information here.

Virginia courts have not detailed any closures.

Stock Market

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will close on Wednesday.

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