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How to Get Tickets to the Inauguration

Constituents should act quickly to request tickets from their Congressman or Senator for President Obama's Jan. 21 inauguration.

Interested in attending the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC, in January? There are a limited number of tickets, so your best bet is to request them now from your member of Congress.

Each Senator and Representative receives a limited quantity of free tickets that they may distribute to the public at their discretion. 

Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) office is accepting requests for tickets and will likely enter requests into a lottery. You can fill out a form on the congressman's site here.

Congressman Frank Wolf's (R-10th) office is also accepting requests for tickets. You can find a form to fill out here.

Although Patch could not find a form on Congressman Jim Moran's (D-8th) website, his office is also likely taking requests. Contact information for his office can be found here.

Sen. Mark Warner's office spells out what is required for anyone requesting tickets. You must:

  • be Virginia residents (non-Virginians should contact their home state Senators and Representatives);
  • request no more than 4 tickets;
  • submit complete contact information on the form provided prior to December 15, 2012;
  • if selected to receive tickets, be able to pick them up in person in the Senator's Washington, DC office on January 18, 19 or 20.  You will be required to show photo identification at the time of pick-up.

Warner's ticket request form is here.

(Patch will include information about tickets from Senator-elect Tim Kaine as soon as it's available.)

In 2009, President Obama's inauguration attracted 1.8 million to the National Mall, according to an estimate from the Washington Post.

President Obama's swearing-in will take place at noon Monday, Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (He'll be sworn in privately the day before, due to a constitutional requirement that he be sworn in by Jan. 20, since the 20th falls on a Sunday.) If you don't get a ticket, there are large screens set up on the mall to watch the goings-on. 

Viewing the swearing-in ceremonies from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at Fourth Street NW.

The swearing-in and address will be followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which is open to the public.

Many states have their own inaugural balls and Virginia typically is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ball. No details out yet on it.

For a list of unofficial balls associated with inaugural festivities, visit: http://www.presidential-inauguration.com/category/unofficial-inaugural-balls-2013/

Rena Corey November 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Confused - why can't the Inauguration be held on a Sunday?
Me December 25, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Anyone who doesn't know that is an utter moron...

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