The 2021 Presidential Inauguration is held at the US Capitol on January 20th around 12:00pm EST (actual start time may vary), and it is one of the biggest events in Washington, DC. With inaugural ceremonies, events and even downtown traffic closures, it can be overwhelming if you're not prepared.
With years of downtown event experience, we know what to expect come Inauguration Day. We've put together a quick guide to help you better understand Inauguration Day and how to get around DC during the event.
11:15am: Opening remarks by Inaugural Committee Chairman
11:30am: Senate minority/majority leader speaks
11:35am: Vice Presidential Oath of Office administered
11:45am: Presidential Oath of Office administered
11:50am: President gives the Inaugural Address
12:15pm: The National Anthem is sung
3:00pm: The Presidential Parade heads from the US Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House
7:00pm: The Inaugural Ball is held
*These times are based on 2017 Presidential Inauguration times and are approximate.
DC is a difficult place to navigate on Inauguration Day. We certainly don't recommend driving. However if you must, keep these road closures in mind.
Road closures on Inauguration Day include;
As we strongly advise against driving, you have a couple options to help you get around the city on Inauguration Day.
Washington DC's Capital Bikeshare program is a great way to get around the city. Offering single trip, 24-hour and annual passes, you'll find an option that gets you where you need to go.
2. Public Transportation
3. Taxi & Rideshares
Remember that taking taxis or rideshares means you'll still have to sit in traffic, but they're certainly an option to help you get around DC on Inauguration Day.