Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony will take place on Jan. 20 and Americans who want to partake in Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated event should start planning their trip to the nation’s capital well in advance, especially if they hope to score tickets to the president-elect and vice president’s swearing-in ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Tickets to the inauguration are free. However, because of the high demand of citizens wanting to see Trump take the Oath of Office and give his first inaugural address, it's best to apply as soon as possible. People wishing to attend the 2017 inauguration can apply for free tickets through their local representative or senator’s office. Applicants can request any number of tickets. Many offices will issue tickets based on a lottery system due to the limited number of available tickets. To find out more information on state representatives and senators in areas across the U.S., check out the search engines on Congress' webpages.
Meanwhile, thousands will be able to watch the event on giant video screens and audio systems that will stream the inauguration at the National Mall. Spectators will be able to get a glimpse of the new president and vice president during the presidential procession and inaugural parade, which will coast along Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. There will be bleacher seats available for parade-watchers. Seats must be reserved through the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Viewers will not have to pay to watch the parade from the sidewalk. Spectators that want to avoid the massive crowds outside can watch the parade from the Newseum, which will host a Presidential Inauguration Celebration Experience featuring panoramic views of the parade.
The inauguration will kick off at noon on Jan. 20. The parade will follow immediately after the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Public entrances to the parade generally open at 6:30 a.m.