UPDATE: Tickets to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Constituents are waiting to hear whether they received tickets to President Obama's inauguration Jan. 21.

UPDATE Sunday, Jan. 6:

Interested in attending the presidential inauguration and being close to the action? You had until mid-December to contact your congressman or one of Virginia's senators.

Now what? 

Patch recently checked in with Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) office to get an update on how constituents can get tickets to the presidential inauguration.

Patch spoke to Connolly's Communications Director George Burke via e-mail:

Patch: Are all of the inaugural tickets gone?

Burke: "Not yet. We haven't received them yet, but they will be dispensed by lottery among those who requested."

Patch: How many tickets have you given out? How many people asked for tickets?

Burke: "We are in the process of conducting a blind lottery to determine who of the more than 2,000 requestors will get the limited number of tickets we expect to receive."

Patch: How will people who got tickets to the inaugural get them?

Burke: "They will be informed by email on how to pick them up."

Patch: Have people been notified yet if they will get tickets?

Burke: "No."


Interested in attending the presidential inauguration across the Potomac in January? There are a limited number of tickets and your best bet is to request them—now—from your member of Congress.

Each Senator and Representative receives a limited quantity of free tickets that they may distribute to the public at their discretion. 

Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) office is accepting requests for tickets and will likely enter requests into a lottery. You can fill out a form on the congressman's site here.

Congressman Frank Wolf's (R-10th) office is also accepting requests for tickets. You can find a form to fill out here.

Although Patch could not find a form on Congressman Jim Moran's (D-8th) website, his office is also likely taking requests. Contact information for his office can be found here.

Sen. Mark Warner's office spells out what is required for anyone requesting tickets. You must:

  • be Virginia residents (non-Virginians should contact their home state Senators and Representatives);
  • request no more than 4 tickets;
  • submit complete contact information on the form provided prior to December 15, 2012;
  • if selected to receive tickets, be able to pick them up in person in the Senator's Washington, DC office on January 18, 19 or 20.  You will be required to show photo identification at the time of pick-up.

Warner's ticket request form is here.

(Patch will include information about tickets from Senator-elect Tim Kaine as soon as it's available.)

In 2009, President Obama's inauguration attracted 1.8 million to the National Mall, according to an estimate from the Washington Post.

President Obama's swearing-in will take place at noon Monday, Jan. 21 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (He'll be sworn in privately the day before, due to a constitutional requirement that he be sworn in by Jan. 20, since the 20th falls on a Sunday.) If you don't get a ticket, there are large screens set up on the mall to watch the goings-on. 

Viewing the swearing-in ceremonies from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at Fourth Street NW.

The swearing-in and address will be followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which is open to the public.

Many states have their own inaugural balls and Virginia typically is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ball. No details out yet on it.

For a list of unofficial balls associated with inaugural festivities, visit: http://www.presidential-inauguration.com/category/unofficial-inaugural-balls-2013/


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