Presidential Inauguration 2013

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Inauguration Events

Saturday, January 19

National Day of Service

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, Points of Light and Target invite you to attend the signature MLK Day national service project, "Unite America in Service," in Washington, DC.  Volunteers will show appreciation for those who serve our country by packing 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for US service members, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders. Volunteers ages 12- to 17-years-old are welcome with parents or legal guardians. Large groups are also welcome to join. 

Learn more and register here,

Sunday, January 20

Official swearing-in event

Monday, January 21

Ceremonial swearing-in event

To request Ceremonial Swearing-in tickets on January 21, 2013, please visit the website of the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton.

Please note that viewing the ceremonial swearing-in from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4th Street, NW.

The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee is also looking for volunteers to assist with inauguration events. This is a great way for DC residents to become involved. Registration is required.

Inaugural parade

Tickets to the parade are not required for entry, but will be required for bleacher seating. Additional information about how to acquire tickets is forthcoming.

Please be prepared to be outside for a long period of time and dress warmly. A limited amount of food and beverage vendors may be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

Guests are strongly advised to take public transportation rather than drive. Parking in Washington D.C. will be extremely limited and roads will be very congested. The following roads are closed to vehicle traffic:

  • The third street tunnel will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • The 12th street tunnel will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Memorial Bridge is closed to vehicles.
  • All roads south of K Street NW between 11th Street and 23rd St.
  • All roads south of H Street NW between 11th Street and 3rd St.
  • All roads north of E Street NW between 3rd Street and 7th St.
  • All roads north Independence Avenue between 7th Street and 23rd St.

Ticketed attendees:

For those who already have tickets, you can find maps and additional information on entry points based on your ticket color:

 Get information on the Inaugural Parade, including maps for ticket holders.

Non-ticketed attendees:

Tickets are not required to view the parade. Public entry points will open at 6:30 am on Monday, January 21, and will remain open until the parade route can no longer accommodate additional people.

To download a map of the parade route, including the public entry points:

Map of the parade route.