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Construction of a massive platform in front of the U.S. Capitol started in October in preparation for the January inauguration. Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.




Originally published: 2012-11-23 09:53:43
Last modified: 2012-11-23 09:53:43

Presidential inauguration tickets available

Free tickets are available for local residents who want to see the presidential inauguration up close and in person on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.


While most of the National Mall will be open to the public, tickets are required for anyone wishing to view the ceremony between Fourth Street and the Capitol.


Following the swearing-in and Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama at noon, the day’s events will include a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and the Inaugural Balls.


The Presidential Inauguration is a tradition meant to symbolize the peaceful transition of power and has occurred since the days of George Washington.


Obama’s first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, gathered the largest attendance of any event in Washington, D.C. history, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.


It also had the highest Internet viewership of any swearing-in and was the first time a woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, emceed the ceremony.


For more information about the history of the inauguration, visit http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/.


Tickets are available only through members of Congress, and each member receives a limited number of tickets to distribute to constituents.


To seek tickets through Rep. Virginia Foxx: Up to four tickets per household may be available. Tickets may be requested through Dec. 7 at http://www.foxx.house.gov/inauguration-day. Tickets must be picked up in person at Foxx’s Washington, D.C. office the weekend before the inauguration.


To seek tickets through Sen. Kay Hagan: Up to four tickets per household may be available. Tickets may be requested through Dec. 17 at http://www.hagan.senate.gov/inauguration2013/. Tickets must be picked up with photo ID at Hagan’s Washington, D.C., office on Jan. 18, 19 or 20.


To seek tickets through Sen. Richard Burr: Call (202) 224-3154 to be added to the list for tickets. Burr’s website notes that the office has “already received more requests than the number of tickets we expect to be allotted.”