January 11, 2017

Preparing for Inauguration Day

Plan Your Trip

Vehicle restrictions and street closures will begin to take effect at Thursday, Jan. 19 at 3 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) until approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.

Secret Service Joint Transportation Plan

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Official Schedule

January 19

3:30pm Wreath Laying Ceremony Arlington National Cemetary
4:00pm Welcome Concert National Mall


January 20

8:30am Church Service and Coffee with President Obama St. John’s Church and Undisclosed Location
12pm Swearing-In Ceremony West Front of the United States Capitol
2:15pm Presidential Review of Troops East Steps of the Capitol
3:00pm Inaugural Parade Pennsylvania Ave. NW
7:00pm Inaugural Ball(s) Walter E. Washington Convention Center & National Building Museum


January 21

10:00am Inaugural Prayer Service Washington National Cathedral

Taking Metro?

Metro will open at 4am and close at midnight. 

Closed Stations:


*Federal Triangle

*Mt. Vernon Square







More Metro Information:

WMATA Inauguration Guide

Metro Travel Tips

Inauguration Day Service Information

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Inauguration Ticket Map and Prohibited Items:

Guidelines for Entry and Access

These prohibitions apply to the secure are within the magnetometer checkpoints and the National Bag Checkpoints:

  • Aerosals
  • Ammunition
  • Animals (other than service/guide animals)
  • Backpacks/Bags exceeding 18″ x 13″ x 7″
  • Bicycles
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Drones/Unmanned Aircraft
  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Glass, Thermal, or Metal Containers
  • Laser Pointers
  • Mace/Pepper Spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Signs exceeding 20′ x 3′ x 1/4″
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs & placards
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons of any kind

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Other Inaugural Events

Though the official Inaugural Ball is by invitation only, there are a number of unofficial balls and galas planned for the Inaugural weekend, beginning January 19:

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