After a very long Election Season this past fall, President Obama’s second inauguration is right around the corner! This coming Monday almost one million people will visit Washington D.C. to take part in the festivities. I have broken down what you need to know to get through the weekend!
WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 20, 2013 The west front of the U.S. Capitol is pictured during preparations for U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 20, 2013. An estimated 800,000 people may attend Monday's inauguration ceremony and parade. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe) (Credit Image: © Fang Zhe/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Getting around the area:
Many streets will be closed, and traffic redirected so navigating the city will be problematic. Best idea-stick with public transportation.
Metro: Metro will open at 4am on Inauguration Day and run through 2am that evening. The following stations will be closed: Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, and Smithsonian
Taxi-You can take a taxi, but remember that a lot of streets may be blocked. It has also been reported by WTOP that taxis will tack on a id="mce_marker" fee for each additional passenger.
Walking-This is probably the easiest way to navigate the city. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes, it can be a very long day.
Schedule of Events:
While the official events do not start until Monday, there are plenty of events throughout the weekend. My personal weekend recommendations are below but you can check out all of the unofficial balls and galas by clicking Here.
Honor the life of Martin Luther King, by participating in the National Day of Service. Find an event and get involved!
As a NJ girl, I have to recommend checking out The Garden State Inaugural Gala, starting at 7:30pm at the Washington Court Hotel. Proceeds will go toward Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund and food will have a “Jersey Diner Flair”. Can’t beat it!
Tickets to the main event have long been handed out to those that requested months ago. Do not stress-if you would still like to view the action, just head to the National Mall. The Washington Post has reported that the National Mall is open to the public between 4th and 12th Streets with viewing screens.
The Inaugural Parade begins at 2:30pm, though entry points open at 6:30am! Try to find yourself a seat along the route, which runs from Constitution & Delaware Ave, ending at the White House, Pennsylvania &15th.
Before heading out for an evening of dancing, you should stop home to thaw your toes and fingers. If you were able to secure a ticket to the official Commander In Chief’s Ball or the Inaugural Ball at the Convention Center, have fun!
If you did not secure tickets-I would venture over to the Brewer’s Ball at Churchkey This one doesn’t look as formal as some of the other swanky galas=more fun.
To learn more about this years Inauguration and brush up on your history, check out the Joint Congressional Committee’s Website.
Only 3 days to go! For those of you attending, be safe and have a wonderul time.
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