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Swearing-In Ceremony

What is the Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony?

Be a part of Presidential history by attending this important event and witnessing the swearing-in of the new President. The oath of office will be administered on the steps of the United States Capitol. After taking the oath, the President will give their Inaugural speech outlining their vision and priorities for the upcoming term.

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2025 Swearing-In Ceremony ticket information

Swearing-In Ceremony FAQs

Do I need a ticket for the Swearing In Ceremony?

Yes and no. The National Mall is open to the public, and many Jumbotrons will be set up all around the Mall. However there are ticketed areas containing both standing room only and seated areas that require tickets.

How do I get tickets to the Swearing-In Ceremony?

Tickets for the Swearing-In Ceremony are extremely limited and in very high demand. Tickets are distributed in advance by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. As they can be very difficult to obtain, some tickets may be available through the secondary ticket market as well.

What are the COVID-19 mitigation procedures for the Ceremony?

Every 4 years, the Presidential Inaugural Committee organizes the official Inaugural events. This Committee does not assemble until after the election, so information regarding COVID-19 strategies is not currently available. We will publish this information as it is released, so check back often!

Does my infant/child need a ticket to the Swearing In Ceremony?

Yes. A ticket is required for every person, including children and infants in arms.

What items am I allowed to bring to the Swearing In Ceremony?

Here is a list of prohibited items for the ticketed sections of the 2017 Swearing-In Ceremony. This list changes slightly for each Inauguration, so check back later for the Official 2021 Prohibited Items list.

Will there be handicap accessible seating in the ticketed standing areas?

Yes. While there are no specific handicap tickets, there will be sections provided inside each area for persons with a disability.

What time should I get to the US Capitol for the ceremony?

The gates to the mall will most likely open at 5:00am, and the ticketed areas are usually filled by 8:00am. The ceremony will begin around 11:30am with a musical performance prior to that time.

How close can I sit during the President’s Inaugural address?

The front sections are mostly reserved for members of Congress and their families. Tickets for the outer seated areas are distributed through your local Congressional representatives.

Is there security guarding the ticketed areas?

Yes. Passing through security can be a lengthy process so be sure to arrive early. It is best to pack lightly and dress warmly with comfortable shoes, as you will be on your feet for a substantial amount of time.

What should I wear to the Swearing In Ceremony?

Weather is usually quite cold in January in Washington D.C., so be sure to dress warmly and comfortably. Hand warmers and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended, as you will be doing a lot of standing and walking throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

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