Following the swearing-in ceremony, the new president and vice president will make their way up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, in keeping with tradition. The president and vice president will be flanked by marching bands, marching units, mounted units, and other performers selected by the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. This event is free and open to the public, so no tickets are required. Be sure to get there early to snag a good place to stand. And dress warmly—January in Washington usually sees temperatures in the 30s.
Inaugural Balls and Other Parties
Lots of events happen around town to celebrate the change of power. On Inauguration Day, the president will attend eight official balls, organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. These events, which require tickets, happen at various hotels and event spaces throughout Washington. They always bring in packed houses and usually feature cash bars, finger food, and lots of waiting around for the president to make an appearance.
In the days prior to the inauguration, Washington also hosts dozens of nonofficial balls and galas. These black-tie soirees are organized by private donors, state societies, celebrities, and others, and they typically feature open bars, multicourse dinners, and live entertainment. Tickets to these events can cost several hundred dollars and can be purchased directly from the organizers. Be ready to pounce when tickets go on sale because these events sell out fast.
Check out our list of inaugural balls and how to get tickets!
Other Web Resources
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Armed Forces Inaugural Committee
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