National Day of Mourning December 5th

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Tomorrow, December 5, 2018, will be a National Day of Mourning, as we pause to celebrate and remember the life of President George HW Bush, or simply, “41.” Whatever your politics are, whether you voted for him or not, and whether you agreed with his decisions as Commander in Chief, it’s in our American culture to respect our former presidents when they pass. We pause for a moment to take a history lesson; teach our children what happened before their time here, remember the good, the bad, and sometimes even the ugly from that President’s era of history. 

A National Day of Mourning occurs to do just this: recognize a former President and allow people the ability to attend or view memorial and remembrance events. The stock market and all federal offices will be closed, but most companies and offices will remain open for regular business tomorrow.

  • The House and the Senate are postponing votes for a day
  • The Supreme Court is postponing arguments for a day
  • Federal employees will be excused from work 

But there are a couple which may have more of an impact on the rest of us:

  • The biggest hit will probably be that the US Postal Service will not deliver regular mail. If you’re counting on sending or receiving something in the regular mail, better take note! 
  • Some banks will be closed as well. Be sure to check with your bank, especially if you have any automatic payments due that day, or perhaps direct deposit for payroll?! 
  • The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will both be closed as well

For most, it will be business as usual, but be sure to plan ahead if your business, customers, or employees will be impacted by any of these changes tomorrow!

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