A Final Guide to What You Need to Know for Inauguration Day

A few reminders and some important links.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

By now, most people who plan to participate in the 2013 inauguration have their tickets and a plan for when and how to get where they are going. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies issued one final advisory Thursday. It is directed at people who have tickets for the inaugural events on Capitol Hill on Monday, January 21.

Security checkpoints for ticketed guests will open at 7 AM. The committee advises it is best to arrive no later than 9 AM.

The official swearing-in program begins at 11:30 AM, though a musical prelude will start earlier. The actual swearing-in ritual begins shortly before noon.

People without tickets to the ceremonies on the Capitol grounds will be able to hear and see the swearing-in on the National Mall between Fourth Street and the Lincoln Memorial. Though tickets won’t be required, there will be screening at security checkpoints. Large broadcast monitors will be set up on the Mall. Also important: That’s where you’ll find Porta-Potties. The Presidential Inauguration Committee has created a smartphone app to help with getting around on Monday, but in particular it will provide locations for public toilets.

The risers along the parade route, including those adjacent to the White House, also require tickets. Other stretches of Pennsylvania Avenue are open to the public, but it is essential to get there early to get a spot, as sections will be closed off after they fill up.

If they will have an impact on your life, know the transportation plan guidelines, including road and bridge closures.

If you are dependent on public transportation, know the Metro plans for inauguration day.

If you plan on traveling by bike, Well+Being has information on road and Capital Bikeshare station closures.

And, one more time, the list of what the Secret Service will and won’t allow in the security perimeter or ticketed areas.

People attending the inaugural balls, especially the official balls at the DC Convention Center, will need their tickets and identification. It’s wise to carry valid state or federal ID with you to whatever inaugural event you attend.