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Inaugural Parade
Swearing In Ceremony
Inauguration Information

Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Inauguration?
The swearing in occurs at 12 pm on January 20th.  
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 37F.  Please check the local weather forecast for Inauguration day.  In the event of rain keep in mind that umbrellas 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?
Bleachers are erected along almost the entire parade route.  Because of this, there are almost no areas where the parade can be viewed without a ticket.
What will security be like?
As with any event involving the president, security will be very tight.  In 2009, 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 to carry as little as possible with you to the events, be patient, and be prepared to be screened and searched.
When will tickets be available?
Tickets will be available to purchase from our website starting shortly after the election.  Even though tickets can be purchased in advance, in most cases they will not be shipped/delivered until a week before the inauguration.
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.  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, etc.  We provide a safe place for tickets to be bought and sold on the internet with a money back guarantee. 

Many Capitol employees know that they will be receiving tickets and list them on our website ahead of the public release dates.  We guarantee the authenticity of all tickets listed on our website.
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 tight security that may result in road closings in the areas around the Capitol and parade route.  The easiest way to access the festivities is via Metro. For interactive maps of road closures, Metro access, and pedestrian routes, click HERE.

What is the difference between "official" and "unofficial" balls?
The "official" balls are organized and hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in honor of the newly-elected President.  In the past, these have included the Commander-in-Chief Ball, 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 tickets) will not be made available until the week of the event. When possible we will ship your Inaugural tickets in advance. Otherwise, all Inaugural event tickets will be available for pick up at kiosk at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Someone from WILL CONTACT YOU via the phone number 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 can bring strollers and the other items otherwise prohibited in the ticketed areas.

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Parade Information
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