The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.



Every person wishing admittance to the Inaugural Ceremonies, including children, must have a ticket.  Individuals without valid tickets will not be admitted.

Tickets are color-coded to facilitate entrance to the Inaugural Ceremonies. Entrance will be granted only at the gate indicated on your ticket.  Ticket holders should use Metro [link “Metro” to Metro’s website].

The non-ticketed area is on the National Mall beginning at Fourth Street.

When to Arrive

Arrive early for required security screening and anticipate large crowds.  Gates to the Inaugural Ceremonies open at 7 a.m. and the musical prelude begins at 10 a.m.  Be prepared to pass through several security screenings before reaching the section indicated on your ticket.  There will be no check room for prohibited items.

Because of road closures and restricted access around the U.S. Capitol, ticket holders should use Metro.


All ticket holders are required to pass through security screening, including handbag inspection.

Inside the Event

Movement will be difficult inside the security perimeter.  Please be prepared to stay within the perimeter and within your section from the time you enter the security perimeter and for the duration of the festivities.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited within the ticketed viewing areas at the U.S. Capitol:

  • Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length), including pocket or hand tools, such as the “Leatherman”
  • Mace and/or pepper spray
  • Sticks, poles, or sign supports
  • Packages, backpacks, large bags, suitcases
  • Thermoses or coolers
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Signs or posters
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Glass containers
  • Air horns
  • Non-ADA portable chairs
  • Other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners.