How to Get Tickets to the Presidential 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 across the Potomac in January? There are a limited number of tickets and 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/

Erik Kengaard November 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Gerry Connolly, Frank Wolf, Mark Warner, Jim Moran, et al . . . are representative of the wise and beneficent leaders the American people, in their infinite sagacity, have chosen to rule over them, lo these many years, even since the days of LBJ, resulting in our Great Society of economic security, minimal poverty, full employment, affordable housing, tuition free universities, crime and drug free cities and high quality of life to which are welcomed more of the world's poor to participate in our bounty, courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture's outreach to immigrants. Or not.


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