Washington, D.C. Attractions
Inauguration Ceremony, Parade
swearing-in ceremony takes place on the
West Front of the State Capitol in Washington DC in January, every four years. A giant podium with 1,600 seats accommodates
former U.S. Presidents, the President-elect and the Vice President-elect families
and members of the House, Senate, Supreme Court, Joint Chiefs of
corps and new cabinet.
Tickets are usually available for people to watch the ceremony from the
Capitol's west lawn, in addition to tickets for seats below the
podium; the remainder of the tickets were for standing-room sections.
The Inaugural Parade rubns about 1 1/2 miles down
Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill, north on 15th Street, and
west again on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
Big crowds are usually formed by 7am along the parade route.
Note: No lawn chairs, coffee thermoses or picnic baskets are allowed
Capitol grounds or along the parade route. The Metrorail system
opens at 4am.
Inaugural Balls & Star-Studded Events
Washington DC comes alive with Inaugural Balls and fun festivities. Celebrities attending Inaugural Balls and festivities have included Oprah,
Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Samuel Jackson, Anne Hathaway, Susan
Sarandon, Marcia Cross, Tim Robbins, Seal, John Legend, Adrian
Grenier, Ashley Judd, Jane Krakowski, Rachael Leigh Cook, Blair
Lee, Ron Howard, Beyonce, Denzel Washington, Stevie Wonder, Garth
Brooks, Bono, Queen Latifah, John Mellencamp and Bruce
Springsteen... to name a few.