Swearing-in ceremony tips

The viewing grounds for the swearing-in ceremony stretch from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Only those with tickets have access to areas near the Capitol steps, but everyone else can fight for a view of one the many television monitors lining the Mall.

  • Arrive early to avoid lines.
  • You will need tickets and identification for most events.
  • Large bags, sharp objects, air horns and posters are prohibited.
  • Metro stations are open from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m., with rush-hour service lasting until 9 p.m. Buses may take atypical detours around street closures.
  • Taxis will be your best bet if you plan to stay out late.
  • Parking will be limited, and most lots charge fees.
  • Dress warmly for outdoor events.
  • Expect more security along congested Foggy Bottom streets.
  • Carry your GWorld, even if you just plan to watch the events on campus.
  • If you don’t have a ticket and cannot snag a spot on the National Mall, several of the Smithsonian Institutes plan to open as early as 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. Mall-side entrances will be closed, but doors will remain open along Independence Avenue.
  • Televisions in the Marvin Center will show inauguration coverage.

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