2017 Presidential Inauguration: What to Expect

Tomorrow marks one of the most important global events that takes place right here in D.C.: the presidential inauguration. This year’s ceremony will be a particularly important one, as President-elect Donald J. Trump represents a significant departure from the previous 44 commanders-in-chief.

If you are planning on being in the District on Friday, here’s some information about the schedule of events and the logistics of getting in and out of the city.

Getting to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Because of the many blockades and road closures that will be in effect on inauguration day, driving into the city is a bad idea. The Memorial Bridge, 3rd St. Tunnel, and huge stretches of Pennsylvania, Constitution and Independence avenues will all be closed.

If you’ll be within a few miles of the National Mall, your best bet is to walk or ride a bicycle – Capital Bikeshare has over 400 stations in the city. If you’re coming from further out, you can take the metro, but expect crowded metro cars, long lines, and delays. Trains will run on rush-hour schedule all day; the Archives, Federal Triangle, Mt. Vernon Square, Pentagon, and Smithsonian stations will all be closed for the day. For more tips from WMATA, check their website.

Schedule of events for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Metro will open at 4 AM Friday morning. President-elect Trump will be sworn in at noon on a stage set up on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. The ceremony will be followed by an inaugural address from both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

After the ceremony, there is a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Standing on the sidewalk anywhere between 3rd street and 15th street should provide a good vantage point for the ceremony.

Finding a hotel for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Most hotels in D.C. itself will be sold out or priced higher than usual. Consider a nearby alternative like the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary shuttle to the metro, comfortable room amenities and a free breakfast, the Holiday Inn is an excellent place to stay whether you plan on visiting the District for the 2017 inauguration or any other time of the year.

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