Inauguration Day Swearing-In Ceremony - National Mall
The Swearing-In Ceremony will take place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol with president-elect Obama being sworn-in by 12 noon on January 20.
For those unable to obtain tickets, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced that, for the first time, the entire length of the National Mall will be opened to the public so that more people than ever before will be able to witness the swearing in of the President from a vantage point in sight of the Capitol. Those who come to witness the swearing-in on the Mall will be able to watch and listen to the ceremony on large screens that will be provided by the PIC along the Mall.
Inauguration Parade – Pennsylvania Avenue
An American tradition honoring the newly sworn-in President and Vice President, the Presidential Inauguration Parade includes a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens’ groups, marching bands, and floats. It is open to the public and begins at the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building and proceeds along Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House. Tickets are not required for the parade and viewing stands and bleachers will extend from 3rd to 17th Streets. Official times and additional details to be announced. The best way to attend the parade will be by MetroRail. See our Transportation section for link to the Metro website.