City of Alexandria, VA
What to Know: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration
On January 21, several hundred thousand visitors are expected to converge on the National Mall to witness the 57th Presidential Inauguration. If you are planning to attend the ceremony, or just to spend time in the area, here are some things you should know before your visit.
City offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Inauguration Day.
While the City of Alexandria will not play a direct role in the festivities, the large volume of visitors will have significant impacts on local and regional transportation. Some major bridges and roadways will be closed down during the ceremony. Event organizers urge attendees to use public transporation, such as Metro rail or bus, or consider bikeing or walking. Check out these resources for more info.
Spectators who plan to attend the event on the National Mall can expect long lines and to be standing outdoors for several hours. Be sure to dress accordingly. Wear layers of clothing to stay warm and dry. Children and the elderly are at higher risk of cold weather-related problems. for more information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's web page for winter weather safety tips.
Expect heightened security on and around the Mall, as well as possible inspections at the 13 entry points. Know the list of prohibited items before you go.
The entry points are as follows:
Sign up to D.C. Alerts for real-time information on Jan. 21 about road closures, weather and more. Subscribe at www.inauguration.dc.gov. Receive emergency notifications, alerts and information about the 2013 Inauguration from the United States Park Police. www.capitalregionupdates.gov/clients/4063/517915.pdf
Information also will be available prior to and during Inauguration day on social media sites such as Twitter. To see Inauguration related material on Twitter, use #inaug2013. Some of the Twitter sites being used to communicate information from the Inaugural public safety and security partners include:
Looking for a place to stay for the Inauguration? Check out the resources for travel and lodging at the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.
Feeling charitable? Check out the Servant Forge Humanitarian Inaugural Ball on Sunday, January 20, in National Airport’s Historic Terminal A. After a $6 billion presidential election, the Ball will focus on the needs of those marginalized by abuse, neglect and indifference. All proceeds from this bipartisan Ball will support gender-based violence prevention and intervention programs, including Alexandria’s Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Center, the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, the SOHO-Space of Her Own creative mentorship program and the Gang Prevention, Intervention and Prevention and Education Program. Admission is $155.00 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine bar and access to silent and live auctions. Entertainment will be provided by The Kelly Bell Band, voted Best Blues Band in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 12 years in a row. For more information please contact us via email at email@example.com or call 202. 457.7771.
Feeling thirsty? What better way to celebrate during Inaugural Weekend than with beer! Join theGadsby's Tavern Museum and Yards Brewing Company at the Presidential Beer Dinner on January 18 to highlight George, Tom, Abe and Barack. The first tasting begins at 7 p.m.
Day of Service
Alexandria celebrates the 57th Presidential Inauguration with a day of service. On Saturday, January 19, teen and adult volunteers will engage the City’s youth in reading activities geared towards the creation of their very own storybook, which will be signed thereafter by the First Family. This day of service is designed for elementary school-aged children in the City of Alexandria to teach them the importance of giving back to their community. Participants will also receive books at the end of the day. Events will be held at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St.; Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Marth Custis Dr.; and the T.C. Satellite location at Landmark Mall. Click here for more info, including the complete bus schedule.