Where's the Action

The official proceedings of Inauguration Day commence around noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with the vice president-elect and president-elect taking the Oaths of Office, followed by the inaugural address. Security screening gates will open at 6 a.m., followed by music at approximately 9:30 a.m. and opening remarks at 11:30 a.m.

You must have a ticket to attend the swearing-in-ceremony. Tickets are free, but they’re in high demand and must be applied for through your local representative or senator's office. Giant video screens and audio systems will also stream the proceedings to the thousands of spectators on the National Mall.

Don’t worry if you don’t get tickets to the official ceremony - you can still catch a glimpse of the new commander in chief. Position yourself along Pennsylvania Avenue to see the presidential procession and inaugural parade as it makes its way from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. A limited number of bleacher seats can be reserved through the Presidential Inauguration Committee, though viewing from the sidewalk is free and unreserved.

The Presidential Inauguration Committee now also features a full rundown of inauguration activities, including details of the swearing-in ceremony and the parade.

Metro Schedule

Driving is not recommended. Parking will be limited and there will be road closures to accommodate the crowds and parade so visitors are recommended to walk, bike and use the Metro. The Metro will be operating with extended hours on Inauguration Day, opening at 4 a.m. with near rush-hour service levels on all lines until 9 p.m. There is no track work planned for inauguration weekend.

Please note the following Metro station closures, which are subject to change:

  • Smithsonian (Orange, Silver and Blue lines), Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines) and Pentagon (Blue and Yellow lines) will be closed on Inauguration Day.
  • Federal Triangle (Orange, Silver and Blue lines) and Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (Green and Yellow lines) will be closed for the 24 hours of inauguration.

If you are using a ride sharing app such as Uber or Lyft, there will be a geofence around the security perimeter, meaning the apps will not work inside it. Attendees using the services will have to leave the perimeter to get picked up.

Beginning in mid-December and while supplies last, Metro will offer a limited edition SmarTrip® card commemorating the inauguration. The $10 card (a 30% savings) will come pre-loaded with a one-day pass valid for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus rides on Inauguration Day; the card is valid before and after Jan. 20, 2017 by adding value online at or at any Metrorail station. 

Check out the WALKING MAP during Inauguration to see the full geofence and closed roads. 


Presidential inaugurations are a festive experience, though as with any event of this size, being prepared will make it smoother and more enjoyable. Be sure to check advisories ahead of time and consider the following:

It is cold in January in Washington, DC. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

Thousands of portable toilets are brought into National Mall and in front of Metro Stations for the event. Bring your own water and snacks or purchase some from hot dogs and pretzel stands. The Smithsonian museums lining the National Mall also have dining options (and bathrooms), or head into Cascade Café at the National Gallery of Art for espresso coffee and cake.

If you’re a ticket holder to any event you will have to pass through security screening. Make sure you bring photo ID and check the list of prohibited items ahead of time. 

Other Events

Pre-inagural events kick off with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery followed by a "Make America Great Again" concert at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert will feature a diverse group of performers and will include an appearance by the President-elect and Vice President-elect. Details about performers will be announced soon.

Tickets and Public Participation: Tickets will not be required for attendance by the general public. Tickets are required for special viewing areas. Parking is very limited in this area of Washington, DC.  The following Metro stations are walkable: Farragut North, Metro Center, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter



58th Presidential Inaugural Schedule of Events

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Arlington National Cemetery, Time TBD

Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration

Lincoln Memorial, Time TBD

Ticket required for special viewing areas.

No ticket required for general public viewing areas.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony

US Capitol

Security starts checking at 6:00am

Music begins at 9:30am - Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Missouri State University Chorale.

Opening remarks begin at 11:30am

Inaugural Parade

Pennsylvania Avenue, begins at conclusion of ceremony.

Ticket required for special viewing areas.

No ticket required for general public viewing areas.

Unofficial Inaugural Balls

Deploraball, 7 p.m., Bolger Center, Bethesda, MD 

Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Presidential Inaugural Ball, 8 p.m., National Portrait Gallery

Washingtonian Inaugural Ball, 8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ticket required – limited availability.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

National Prayer Service

Washington National Cathedral