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Trump 2017 Inauguration Events in Washington D.C.

Updated on January 11, 2017

The 2017 Inauguration is set for January 20. The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will be swearing in our new President of the United States, Donald Trump. All of the Trump and Pence families will be joining the ceremony, along with the members of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, filling the streets of Washington DC with supporters, as well as non-supporters who do not agree with Trump as the new President. The Inauguration ceremony actually kicks off on January 19, 2017 with various events such as a concert and wreath-laying ceremony.


A welcoming concert will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from approximately 4:00-6:00 p.m. It has been stated that former America's Got Talent contestant, Jackie Evancho will be singing the Star Spangled Banner. In addition, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes, the Talladega Marching Tornadoes and the Missouri State University Chorale will be performing during the inauguration. The Lincoln Memorial will be filled with music and celebration and a special visit by Trump and Pence.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

This event will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery between 3:30-4:00 p.m. It is here where Trump and Pence will honor our Military and Veterans. This special event calls for proper attire when attending. Men are required to wear collared shirts and dress pants in the colors of brown, green or khaki. A belt must be worn as well as appropriate shoes. If desired, one may add a sports jacket or tie.

Women attending the ceremony must wear an appropriate length dress or skirt. A business suit is allowed, however, the pants must be non-denim. Also keep in mind, it's inappropriate to wear t-shirts, tank-tops, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or flip flops.

Inaugural Parade

After Trump is sworn in as the new President of the United States, a parade will begin at the Capital Building, making its way down Pennsylvania Avenue and ending at the White House. Various streets will be closed during the parade that will have approximately thirty-six local businesses and six national groups participating. Attendees will get to see various floats, a military regiment, several marching bands and citizen's groups. For those who are unable to attend, the parade will be televised for everyone to see.

Inaugural Ball

There are two different balls, one is filled with glamorous gowns and tuxedos worn by guests such as first responders and the U.S. Armed Forces to honor their commitment to the United States and everything they do to serve and protect this country. The second ball will most likely have Trump, Pence and family attending as well as well known celebrities and politicians. The ball is to celebrate the new President and Vice President of the United State, the evening will be filled with dining and dancing in a classy atmosphere with the sounds of music and celebration filling the air.


Security will be tight in Washington DC during the inauguration. If attending the events during this time, prepare ahead of time for delays as you will have to go through various checkpoints while making your way to your location. Police Officers, Military and other security personnel will be present, working hard to be sure everyone is safe during this high profile event.

Tips for Attending the Inauguration

  • Dress appropriately for the weather as these are outside events.
  • Bring snacks and drinks.
  • Leave valuable items at home or at your hotel.
  • Do not drive, there will be limited parking.
  • Bicycles, coolers, ammo, weapons, firearms, balloons, packages are prohibited.
  • Plan ahead do to security checkpoints and large crowds.
  • Do not bring your pets, they are prohibited.
  • Do to large crowds, stay in a group of two or more. No one wants to get lost.

Tickets for the swearing in ceremony can be purchased online or by contacting your Senator. Those without tickets can still view the ceremony via giant jumbotrons set up throughout DC.


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