Washington D. C. is the place to be for the four day weekend, between from Jan. 19th through Jan. 22nd, to observe the ceremonies, parades and galas which are celebrating the President Inauguration. Museums are offering inaugural exhibits and restaurants are providing special menus.
The 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies theme, “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and marks the 150th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome.
Saturday, January 19 - National Day of Service. President Obama will ask Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities to honor our shared values and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, January 20 - The President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony.
In 1933 the 20th Amendment to the Constitution changed the beginning of a Presidential term from March 4 to January 20. Only six times in the nation's history has the constitutionally-mandated date for a Presidential Inauguration fallen on a Sunday. January 20, 2013 will be the seventh time and the public ceremony must be held at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, January 21, 2013.
Tuesday, January 22 - Inaugural National Prayer Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Washington National Cathedral. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths will attend the service which will include prayer, readings and musical performances. The event is by invitation only and will be webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org.
An estimated 1.8 million people attended the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, a record breaking number for any event in the nation’s capital.
This year there is a mobile web app for individuals attending the 57th Inaugural Ceremonies. This app includes GPS technology that will direct ticket holders and those without tickets, where to go to in the National Mall to view the ceremony. Visit www.inaugural.senate.gov on your mobile device. The mobile web app will carry a live feed of the ceremonies, as well as additional information about the Inauguration for individuals around the country who do not travel to Washington.
If possible buy your Metro tickets in advance! Also for maps of road closures, Metro access and pedestrian routes to help in traveling around the District click on http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/01/2013-obama-inauguration-road-closures-83805.html
For $60 take an inaugural round trip bus from Richmond to the National Mall. The bus leaves Jan. 21 at 4am and returns to Richmond around 8:30pm. For more info and reservations click on http://reserve123.com/tours/2013-inauguration-bus-trip-richmond
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