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Guide to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Celebration in Washington, DC

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DC is going to be packed—like sardines—for the 2009 Inaugural Celebration and if you are making plans to be a part of the festivities or thinking about booking that flight, here are some things you should know:

Inauguration Celebration Activities, Parties, Balls & Concerts

Swearing-in ceremony

The swearing-in ceremony will take place on January 20, 2009. Tickets to the swearing-in ceremony are free, but you need to contact your Congressional representative or U.S. Senator to request them. Beware of any website that tries to sell you tickets. They can’t—they don’t have them to sell. You can only get tickets as mentioned above and that is through your US Senator or Congressional representative. While you should contact your Senator or House member as soon as possible, tickets won’t be distributed until the week before the inauguration and they must be picked-up in person.

The 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade

The 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade is free and open to the public. You do not need tickets for this event, unless you want to sit in the stands (I've always stood, it is a better vantage point in my opinion. Just come early to line the streets and sit in the stands. Dress warmly and comfortably; I cannot remember the last inaugural parade that wasn’t freezing cold. Additionally, security is going to be tight and there will be many items that you cannot have such as umbrellas.

The stands and bleachers are along the parade route that stretches from 3 rd Street to 17th Street. You can expect to see ceremonial military regiments, marching bands, and floats honoring the peaceful passing of the office from one president to the next. If you can’t make it to the parade, you can also view it on television.

Balls and Galas

Official and unofficial balls and galas. There are approximately 14 balls. As information is made available, this page will be updated.

More Fun. . .

There will also be concerts, parties and plenty of other activities. Tickets will be required for some of these events while others will be free. As information for these events becomes available, this page will be updated.

As you are planning your trip you want to read about DC in January and learn more about some of the inauguration hotel packages available.

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