From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to John F. Kennedy, Presidents have delivered powerful speeches to the nation after taking the Oath of Office. Whether outlining their vision for their term or raising our spirits with common colloquialisms, the speech is always a sight to behold. Here you can read a few of the famous speeches given by previous Presidents. Or you can read below for answers to common questions about the Presidential Swearing In Ceremony.
Jackie Evancho, the 16 year old opera singer made famous by finishing in second place on America's Got Talent, has been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Inauguration.
Do I need a ticket for the Swearing In Ceremony?
Yes and no. The National Mall is open to the public, and many Jumbotrons will be set up all around the Mall. However there are ticketed areas containing both standing room only and seated areas that require tickets.
How do I get tickets to the Swearing In Ceremony?
Tickets for the Swearing In Ceremony are extremely limited and in very high demand. Tickets are distributed in advance by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. As they can be very difficult to obtain, some tickets may be available through the secondary ticket market as well.
Does my infant/child need a ticket to the Swearing In Ceremony?
Yes. A ticket is required for every person, including children and infants in arms.
What items am I allowed to bring to the Swearing In Ceremony?
Here is a list of prohibited items for the ticketed sections of the 2017 Swearing In Ceremony. This list changes slightly for each Inauguration, so the check back later for the Official 2021 Prohibited Items list.
Are there handicap accessible seating in the ticketed standing areas?
Yes. While there are no specific handicap tickets, there will be sections provided inside each area for persons with a disability.
What time should I get to the US Capitol for the ceremony?
The gates to the mall will most likely open at 5:00am, and the ticketed areas are usually filled by 8:00am. The ceremony will begin around 11:30am with a musical performance prior to that time.
How close can I sit during the Presidents Inaugural address?
The front sections are mostly reserved for members of Congress and their families. Tickets for the outer seated areas are distributed through your local Congressional representatives.
Is there security guarding the ticketed areas?
Yes. Passing through security can be a lengthy process so be sure to arrive early. It is best to pack lightly and dress warmly with comfortable shoes, as you will be on your feet for a substantial amount of time.
Where can I park for the Inauguration?
Parking in Washington D.C. is strongly discouraged and not at all recommended. There are many street closures surrounding the capital, and parking around it will be both rare and costly. The recommended method for attendees is to use the metro to one of the many metro stops within the vicinity of the National Mall.
What should I wear to the Swearing In Ceremony?
Weather is usually quite cold in January in Washington D.C., so be sure to dress warmly and comfortably. Hand warmers and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended, as you will be doing a lot of standing and walking throughout the morning and into the afternoon.