Presidential Inauguration News and Information
The 58th Presidential Inauguration Schedule of Events
Crowds will be coming to the U.S. Capitol in
Washington, DC, during both the Inaugural period and the day itself, January
20th, to take part in the traditional ceremonies associated with the
Inauguration for the 2017 President-elect, Donald Trump. For those visiting the Washington Metro area, there will be several festivities to celebrate the new
Thursday, January 19th
* Wreath Laying Ceremony: Arlington National Cemetery
* Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration
The inaugural events will officially kick off at the Lincoln Memorial with a concert featuring a variety of performances and an appearance by the President-elect and Vice President-elect. Tickets are required for special viewing areas. No ticket required for general public viewing areas.
The event organizers announced the following acts: Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums, 3 Doors Down, and The Frontmen of Country (featuring Tim Rushlow, former lead singer of “Little Texas”, Larry Stewart of “Restless Heart” and Richie McDonald of “Lonestar”). The Celebration will also feature the participation of military bands to honor our Armed Forces across all inaugural events, and a fireworks show by Grucci at the conclusion.
Friday, January 20th
* Swearing-In Ceremony
The Swearing-In Ceremony for President-elect
Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence will take place in the West
Front of the Capitol at 12 noon. You will need tickets for the
Swearing-In Ceremony, but large screens will also be set up along the National Mall
for gatherers to watch the historic moment. Afterward, the new President will
give his inaugural address. The ceremony is followed by a private luncheon with members of Congress.
Following the luncheon and Swearing-In Ceremony, the President and Vice
President will participate in the Inaugural Parade. The first families will make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade will begin in the early afternoon, and is expected to last approximately 2 hours.
The Secret Service has provided an inaugural parade route and pedestrian walking routes map. There are a dozen specific entry points to the parade route, including three along Constitution Avenue, and four along E Street NW.
You will need
tickets for specific bleacher sections of this event - available through GreatSeats.com! No ticket is required for general public viewing areas; the public will not be
permitted to line up along the route before 7 a.m. The Armed Forces
Inaugural Committee coordinates the parade. Musical units, marching bands,
color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons are all provided for the
ceremony by several branches of our military.
* Inaugural Balls
Following the parade, Washington Society comes
out in full force for inaugural balls throughout the Washington, DC area. These galas include the 2 "official" balls open to the general public and sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). There is also an official ball specifically to honor the U.S. armed forces and first responders. The official PIC Balls have historically been attended by the new President and Vice President. In addition, there are several unofficial balls around town celebrating the incoming administration. The new President and VP are invited to these unofficial galas, but their attendance is not guaranteed. Tickets are required for ALL these events, and are available on
Saturday, January 21st
* National Prayer Service: Washington National Cathedral