The 59th Quadrennial Presidential Inauguration and following activities will mark the beginning of a new period in our nation’s history. The grand finale of the day will be the evening’s Inaugural Balls. Today, there are numerous Inaugural Balls, sanctioned and not sanctioned. Many of the balls are specific to a state and thus the theme of the evening is reflected so. Then, there is usually the main ball, honoring the birth state of the New President. For George Bush’s inaugurations, the highlight of the evenings were the “Black Tie and Boots Balls,” honoring the President’s Texas heritage. Below is a brief history of previous Presidential Inaugural Balls. Read on for answers to common questions about the Inaugural Balls.

How can I get tickets to the Presidential Inaugural Ball?

Tickets are available through your House and/or Senate representatives. The Presidential Inaugural Committee sets a price for the event.

Will the President be at the Inaugural Ball?

The evening of the inauguration (and in the days after) there are many Balls held in and around Washington DC. They are separated into 2 types – sanctioned and un-sanctioned. The President is scheduled to attend the sanctioned Balls only. 

How many Inaugural Balls will there be?

While President Obama decreased the amount of Inaugural Balls that are typically held due to economic conditions, 2017 observed well over a dozen Inaugural Balls. Stay tuned here for announcements regarding the 2025 Inaugural Balls as the Inauguration approaches. Here is an incomplete list of Inaugural Balls for the 2025 Presidential Inauguration.

Fun fact: The 1st Inaugural Ball for George Washington was not held until a week after he was inaugurated. Since then, recent elections have seen dozens of Inaugural Balls in the Washington D.C. area alone, with more going on all around the country. Read about some of the history of Presidential Inaugural Balls.

Is there a dress code for the Inaugural Balls?

It depends on the Ball. Some Inaugural Balls are black tie events, while others employ a more casual environment. Be sure to check with the website of the Ball you wish to attend ahead of time and plan accordingly.

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