Presidential Inauguration Tickets: Who Gets Invited to the Presidential Inauguration? How Can You Attend?

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. You can watch the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in person, on your mobile devices, or on TV.


The Presidential Inauguration is fast approaching. On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The ceremony will mark the commencement of Trump’s four-year term as President of the United States. As always, there is a mad rush to get Presidential Inauguration tickets. But who is invited to the Presidential Inauguration?

Where is the Presidential Inauguration?

The official proceedings of the Presidential Inauguration will commence at noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The vice-president-elect and the president-elect will take their Oaths of Office, followed by the inaugural address. The security screen gates will open at 6:00 a.m. EST, followed by music at 9:30 a.m. EST, and opening remarks by 11:30 a.m. EST.

No Ticket, No Entry

Only those with tickets can attend the swearing-in ceremony. Tickets are free but very difficult to get because the demand is higher than the number of available tickets. You can get them by applying through your local representative or senator’s office. However, you do not need a ticket in order to see the inauguration. The proceedings will be broadcast to thousands of spectators on the National Mall, as well as on television.

When is the Presidential Inauguration?

Who Gets Invited to the Presidential Inauguration

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The inauguration of a new president always takes place on the first January 20 following a presidential election. It commences at noon EST on that day, when the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president. President-Elect Donald Trump will take the oath on Friday, January 20, 2017, after which he will officially become the President of the United States.

Who is Invited?

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Former presidents of the United States are invited to the Presidential Inauguration. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter have been invited to the ceremony and will most likely attend. President Barack Obama will have to attend the ceremony as he will transfer the power of the position to Donald Trump. This transfer of power is mandatory for all current presidents, making them essential to the ceremony.

If you are unable to get tickets to go to the Presidential Inauguration, you still have other options. You can follow the live stream on YouTube and other news sources, or watch it live on television.

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