The 58th Quadrennial Presidential Inauguration and following activities will mark the beginning of a new period in our nations history. The grand finale of the day will be the evenings Inaugural Balls. Today, there are numerous Inaugural Balls, sanctioned and not sanctioned. Many of the balls are specific to a state and thus the theme of the evening is reflected so. Then, there is usually the main ball, honoring the birth state of the New President. For George Bush's inaugurations, the highlight of the evenings were the "Black Tie and Boots Balls," honoring the President's Texas heritage. Below is a brief history of previous Presidential Inaugural Balls. Read on for answers to common questions about the Inaugural Balls.
How can I get tickets to the Presidential Inaugural Ball?
Tickets are available through your House and/or Senate representatives. The Presidential Inaugural Committee sets a price for the event.
Will the President be at the Inaugural Ball?
The evening of the inauguration (and in the days after) there are many Balls held in and around Washington DC. They are separated into 2 types - sanctioned and un-sanctioned. The President is guaranteed to attend the sanctioned Balls only. The past 2 inaugurations had seen only 1 official sanctioned Ball, however the Presidential Inaugural Committee has yet to release plans for 2017.
How many Inaugural Balls will there be?
While President Obama decreased the amount of Inaugural Balls that are typically held, 2017 marks a return to form. So far there have been several Inaugural Balls announced by various organizations and more are being announced as the Inauguration approaches.
Here is an ongoing list of Inaugural Balls for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
Fun fact: The 1st Inaugural Ball for George Washington was not held until a week after he was inaugurated. Since then, recent elections have seen dozens of Inaugural Balls in the Washington D.C. area alone, with more going on all around the country. Read about some of the history of Presidential Inaugural Balls.
Is there a dress code for the Inaugural Balls?
It depends on the Ball. Some Inaugural Balls are black tie events, while others employ a more casual environment. Be sure to check with the website of the Ball you wish to attend ahead of time and plan accordingly.