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The 2017 Presidential Inauguration is nearly upon and the city is already preparing for the inaugural events. From parades to balls to the actual inauguration, use this as your guide to how to attend inauguration 2017, get tickets to an inaugural ball, and welcome the new president into the White House.
IMPORTANT INAUGURATION INFORMATION
Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Location: The Swearing In Ceremony takes place on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building but can be viewed from along the National Mall. The Parade will then continue down Pennsylvania Ave NW ending at the White House.
Weather: January is the coldest month of the year in D.C. and most of the events take place outside. Dress warmly!
Security: Regardless of the events, you’ll often have to go through security in D.C. but more so during inauguration.
How to get tickets to attend Inauguration Swearing In Ceremony
First step in attending the swearing in ceremony is to be prepared for disappointment as there are tens of thousands of requests for not nearly as many tickets. Are you involved in your community? Earn any awards from your hometown? Anything that will make you stand out from the literal crowd of people requesting tickets will help.
How much are inauguration tickets? It is free to attend the inauguration swearing in ceremony itself though tickets are required. Beware of scammers trying to sell you tickets in advance. Tickets are only given out in person at your congressperson’s office about a week prior to the inauguration so do not try to buy tickets online.
Can I attend the inauguration without tickets? Of course! This is a public event as we welcome our new President. Tickets are required to watch from the platform but there are viewing stations all along the National Mall with large screen televisions and speakers. You can always expect a crowd and usually various entrances to the separate areas on the National Mall (usually by separated by block).
How to attend the Inaugural Parade? The Inaugural Parade has been a part of the celebrations since George Washington first took office. After the swearing In ceremony and inaugual luncheon, the new President and Vice President will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and White House. They’ll remain on the viewing platform at the White House to watch the rest of the parade.
Best place to watch the Inaugural Parade? If you don’t want to stand out in the cold, you can watch a live stream of the Inaugural Parade. However, if you want to be there in person there are several great spots:
To miss the crowds, you can check out the Newseum’s Inauguration Package. The museum is located on Pennsylvania Ave, right on the parade route. The glass building has an open terrace for birds eye view.
The parade route starts at the East Front of the Capitol Building, travels down Constitutition Ave and then down Pennsylvania Ave, up 17th Street and back on Pennsylvania Ave (see map).
Keep these tips in mind when considering where to watch the Inaugural Parade:
Where will there be security checkpoints?
Furthermore, in order to access the parade route, you must go through security. There are many security checkpoints that will remain open from 630am until that section is filled. They are located as f
There are two types of Inaugural Balls: official and unofficial. Official Inaugural Balls will see attendance by the President and/or Vice President where as unofficial balls will likely not.
How to get tickets to the Official Inaugural Ball? Official Inaugural Ball 2017 information has not yet been released. If you’re interested in attending, or just know more about them, we suggest signing up for the newsletter update from Inaugural Tickets.
Can I attend the Inaugural Ball? When the information is released, there is usually one Official Inaugural Ball open to the public. Last election tickets were sold at $60 a person online.
How to attend an Inaugural Ball? If you just want to dress up and celebrate there are dozens of unofficial balls that take place around the city. Some are black tie affairs, others low key and some encourage you to dress as your favorite politician. There are a variety of styles to suit every person.
Hotels: Plan early because hotel rooms quickly sell out in Washington D.C. during inauguration. Keep in mind, many hotels will require you to have a 4 night minimum for inauguration weekend.
+ The Willard – 1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw: Washington, DC 20004
+ Holiday Inn Washington Capitol – 550 C St SW, Washington, DC 20024
+ Holiday Inn Central / White House – 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
+ Hamilton Crowne Plaza – 1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
+ Kimpton Hotel Palomar – 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria – 220 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Staybridge Suites Greenbelt – 10500 Eastgate Dr, Lanham, MD 20706
AirBnB: this is a great option where you’ll find additional rooming options come on the market just for Inauguration as residents rent out spare bedrooms or entire house for the events. The closer the property is to the U.S. Capitol and/or White House, the more expensive it will be. Have a look at neighborhoods on the Blue/Silver/Orange lines if you want a direct connection to the Inauguration.
INSIDER TIP: If hotels in DC are out of your price range or unavailable, consider staying at one outside of DC! There are many great and affordable hotels outside the city that are easily accessible by Metro, bus and cab. In fact, DC is rather small so in some cases you can still walk to your hotel from DC, even if you’re staying in Virgina! You’ll find many chain hotels just across the Potomac River in Virginia and in Maryland:
You will find many large chain hotels in the above areas and most are within walking distance or offer a free shuttle to a Metro. But, expert tip, the DC Metro System, WMATA, is currently undergoing renovations, meaning some stations or lines are closed or severely delayed. Make sure you research if there will be closures during your stay!
Check out Hostelz.com for a comprehensive listing of the best hostels in DC.
As a federal holiday, most business and schools will be closed on Inauguration Day. In addition, thousands of people are expected to attend the events.
Where to park on Inauguration Day?
Parking is difficult on an off season day so it will be near impossible around the Inauguration. In addition, there will be numerous road closures around the city. A great option is to park outside the city and take public transportation in.
If you’re driving into DC on Inauguration Day, a smart move would be reserving a parking spot ahead of time. Parking Panda is a popular service in DC that makes finding parking a whole lot easier. They allow you to view which parking garages will be accessible on Inauguration Day and book a guaranteed space near where you’re headed. Pretty simple. It’s also possible that their service could help you save some money on overnight parking as compared to your the rates your hotel might be charging.
Taking public transportation on Inauguration Day?