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Four More Years! Your Guide To The 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Next week Washington, D.C. will be abuzz with glitz, gowns and glamour for the 57th Presidential Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States: Barack Hussein Obama! Official swearing-in will take place on January 20, while the public ceremony and celebration will occur on Monday, January 21- which includes the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by none other than Beyoncé. Use these helpful tips below to find what you need, dress accordingly and get to the ball on time!


Stay in the know!

Find complete details using the Inaugural 2013 app. Follow event schedules, watch live feed, see other video and photos, connect socially and view up-to-date maps for the parade, ceremony, and volunteer locations.


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Need more deets than that?

Look up the Official Presidential Inaugural Committee:

Look up the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:


Tips on getting around the District:

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Taking the Metro and walking will be your best bet to get around the District. Several roads and various facility entrances will be blocked and closed off. The iTrans DC Metro app makes navigating the train system quick and easy. View the Metro system map, plan your route, see arrival and transit times, and get service alerts.





Willing to brave parking near or in the District? Parkmobile app will be a lifesaver! Set up your account through this secure app by entering your payment information and license plate number, then enter the parking zone/meter number and you’re all set! A quick alert to your phone allows you to add more time without ever leaving the building.


Need a restroom break throughout the day?

Make a quick stop at the Smithsonian. Quite a few museums, such as Freer and Sackler Galleries and African Art and Hirshhorn Museums, will be open from 8am – 5:30pm and accessible through Independence Ave., as other entrances will be closed. The American Indian Museum and Renwick Gallery will be closed.


What to wear to the ball?

Every four years many speculate, wait and watch to see what the First Lady will wear.  Mrs. O captures the unique gowns of past First Ladies and chronicles the daily styling of FLOTUS Michelle Obama. For the modern girl, note that while fashion may change, etiquette never goes out of style. Most balls will require formal, or black tie, attire.


Well tailored, floor length gowns, rather than super short cocktail dresses are most appropriate and practical. There will be freezing temps in DC and a long gown can mask cute leg warmers, snazzy boots, and thick, opaque tights. Gloves are definitely an option that can provide an additional layer of warmth.


Walking several blocks will be unavoidable, so try an ornate pair of flats, kitten heels, or wedges to protect your feet. If heels are a must, bring a pair of foldable flats in your minaudiere clutch to change into when you head in for the night.


Looking for more fun during your time in D.C.?

Check out 365 Things to Do in DC for daily tips and download the Washington Post Going Out Guide app. Find Editor’s Picks and “Best Of” lists for restaurants, events, bars, museums, movies and much more. Updated frequently, the Going Out Guide will lead you to the best entertainment and nightlife D.C. has to offer.


Don’t get lost in the shuffle! Download these apps, dress accordingly, and get to where you need to be. Don’t miss out on anything during this once in a lifetime opportunity. After all, it is President Obama’s last inauguration, so plan it wisely!


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