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Other Inauguration Events!!
Inaugural Parade
Swearing In Ceremony
Inauguration Information


 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Inauguration?
The Swearing In occurs at 12 pm on January 20th. There is a full program that starts at 10 am, including entertainment and opening remarks, but the official proceedings start at noon. Ticket holders for reserved seated sections should plan to be in your seats by 10 am. Gates to the grounds will open starting at 7 am.   
What should I wear to the Inauguration?
There is no formal dress code for the Parade or the Swearing in Ceremony. The average temperature on Inauguration day is 37 Degrees Farenheit. Please check the local weather forecast for Inauguration day and plan to dress in layers with proper, comfortable footwear. Be prepared to be standing for up to four hours or longer. In the event of rain keep in mind that umbrellas and backpacks will NOT be allowed within the security perimeter. There is a good chance that you will be able to find a vendor on the street selling ponchos.
 
Is the parade open to the general public/can I watch from the street?
Information for the 2017 Inaugural Parade is still not finalized. In years past, bleachers were erected in certain areas along the parade route and there are also standing room only locations.  Bleacher sections required an inaugural parade ticket for access. Typically, standing room only sections do not require tickets. Regardless, all parade-goers will be required to pass through security check points at all entrances allowing access to the parade route. 

Secret Service has released a map for the parade route, and several pedestrian routes for walking to the areas. There are a dozen specific entry points to the parade route, including three along Constitution Avenue, and four along E Street NW (see the map for details).











What will security be like? What items can we bring, what items are prohibited?
As with any event involving the president, security will be very tight. Each ticketed area will have a different gate, so make your transportation plans accordingly. In 2009 and 2013, there was unprecedented interest and demand for access to Barack Obama's historical inauguration, so security measures were tighter than normal. All handbags, purses, backpacks, baby bags, etc., will be subjected to random searches and everyone attending the events will be required to pass through security screening stations. Our best advice is carry as little as possible with you to the events, be patient, and be prepared to be screened and searched.

The following items are strictly prohibited on the grounds of the National Mall during all inaugural events:
aerosols; ammunition; animals, other than service animals; backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18" x 13" x 7"); bicycles; balloons; coolers; drones and other unmanned aircraft systems; explosives; firearms; glass, thermal or metal containers; laser pointers; mace/pepper spray; packages; selfie sticks; signs exceeding size limits (20" x 3" x 1/4"); structures; supports for signs and placards; toy guns; weapons of any kind; and any other items determined to be potential safety hazards.
 
When will tickets be available?
Tickets for the Swearing In Ceremony are available primarily by contacting the offices of the individual Senators and House Representatives of your home state. As an alternative, tickets will be available to purchase in the secondary market from our website starting early December. Even though tickets can be purchased in advance, in most cases they will not be available for pick up until a week before the Inauguration. All ticket pick ups will take place at the Great Seats satellite office set up inside Union Station in Washington, DC, starting on January 18.
 
Can I bring my camera/cell phone to the festivities?
In the past cell phones and cameras have been permitted. Please make sure to set your cell phone to "vibrate" before the start of the events. Selfie sticks are prohibited! Security this year is expected to be EXTREMELY tight, so any big or bulky camera bags may be subjected to a search upon entering the security perimeter.
 
Where do you get the tickets you are selling?
Tickets are listed on our website by a variety of people - government employees, citizens who have obtained tickets, congressional pages and staffers, etc. Many Capitol Hill and other federal employees know they will be receiving tickets and list them on our website ahead of the public release dates.

We provide a safe place for tickets to be bought and sold on the Internet. We guarantee the authenticity of all tickets listed on our website. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. 

What is the best way to get to the Swearing in Ceremony/Parade?

Due to a large number of visitors attending events during the inaugural period, heavy traffic is expected. Making matters worse will be the anticipated protests expected as well as the tight security that will make road closings in the areas around the Capitol and parade route necessary. There will not be any parking available close to the U.S. Capitol. The easiest way to access the festivities is via Metro. See the Metro Inauguration Day Service Information available online now, with maps of stations, road closures, Metro access points, pedestrian routes, and more.

Secret Service has released a map for the parade route, and several pedestrian routes for walking to the areas. There are a dozen specific entry points to the parade route, including three along Constitution Avenue, and four along E Street NW (see the map for details).

Driving around the District will prove challenging during the week of inaugural events. A significant number of road closures and parking restrictions cut off main traffic arteries through D.C. Some of the closures begin two days before the Inauguration itself and extend past Inauguration Day.

Inauguration planners have established a red zone perimeter blocking off traffic in a large swath of downtown D.C. around the National Mall, the Capitol and the White House. In addition, a green zone restricts traffic only to people who live and work in those areas. See the Vehicle Restrictions Map provided by Secret Service for more information. 


What is the difference between "official" and "unofficial" balls?
The "official" balls are organized and hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) in honor of the newly-elected President. For the 58th Inauguration, President-elect Trump is only hosting 2 official PIC balls open to the general public. In addition, there is one official ball open exclusively to active military personnel, veterans, and first responders, the traditional Commander-in-Chief Ball. Other balls held in years' past include the Constitution Ball, the Freedom Ball, the Democracy Ball, the Independence Ball, the Liberty Ball, the Patriot Ball, and the Stars and Stripes Ball.

"Unofficial" balls and galas are hosted by any number of different organizations, including state societies, private industry, non-profit organizations and other special interest groups. Many of these events are invitation or member only, with tickets for these balls not necessarily open to the public.
 
How will I get my Inaugural Tickets?

Most Inaugural tickets (particularly Swearing-In Ceremony, PIC Ball and parade tickets) will not be made available until the week of the event. When possible we will ship your Inaugural event tickets in advance. Otherwise, all Inaugural event tickets will be available for pick up at the GreatSeats.com kiosk at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Someone from GreatSeats.com WILL CONTACT YOU the week of the Inauguration using the email or the phone number you provided at the time of purchase to confirm the delivery method of your tickets, be it shipping or pick up at Union Station.


What is the refund policy for Inaugural Events?
Regardless of acts of nature or war, travel conditions, or any other circumstances beyond our control, ALL SALES ARE FINAL, and NO REFUNDS will be issued. Tickets are like money and must be handled with extreme care. We are not responsible for tickets once they leave our possession. Please view our full Terms & Conditions page for more information.
Do children need tickets to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony?

YES! Individuals attending the ceremony within the ticketed sections, both seated and standing areas, must have their ticket, including children. The exception applies only to infants too young to walk. If your child has a ticket, please keep in the mind that the following items are PROHIBITED in the ticketed areas due to space and security reasons: strollers, carriages, backpacks, and other large bags.

People planning to bring their children and watch the event from the non-ticketed National Mall area found between the reserved ticket area and the Washington Monument can bring strollers and the other items otherwise prohibited in the ticketed areas. As in past years, giant video screens and audio systems will also stream the proceedings to the thousands of spectators on the National Mall.

What services are available for handicap accessibility? 

All entrances to the ceremonies are accessible. For additional information regarding accessibility, please call the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services (OCAS) recorded information line at 202-224-1976 (voice) or 202-224-1926 (TTY). The jumbotrons will have open captioning throughout the ceremonies.

(Updated 1/12/17)


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