Can I go to the inauguration? How to get tickets and where to watch

THIS year’s inauguration will look different than others from years past, as officials won’t be allowing the usual throng of revelers to gather near the White House due to Covid and security reasons.

Biden, 78, will be sworn into as president two weeks after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6.


President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated at the White House on January 20Credit: Reuters

Can I go to the inauguration?

The general public will not be able to get tickets for the event, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).

Planners are encouraging Americans to refrain from traveling to Washington DC.

Capitol police are putting up a seven-foot unscalable fence ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

The Mayor of Washington DC Murial Bowser revealed she was “very concerned” about security leading up to the Biden’s swearing in ceremony after a MAGA mob rioted at the Capitol last week.


Planners are encouraging Americans to refrain from traveling to Washington DC following the violent riot at the Capitol on January 6Credit: AP:Associated Press


Local businesses in the DC area are boarding up store windows in preparation for violenceCredit: Getty Images – Getty


The National Guard will be on watch in case of any violence in DCCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Her concern comes after hundreds of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol building.

Trump fans smashed windows and fought with police, stormed the senate, smeared their own poo on the building’s walls and planted explosive devices at the offices of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.


Joe Biden speaks as US SenatorCredit: AFP or licensors

A senior inauguration official said: “We are confident in our security partners who have spent months planning and preparing for the inauguration, and we are continuing to work with them to ensure the utmost safety and security of the president-elect.”

“This will mark a new day for the American people focused on healing our nation, bringing our country together and building it back better,” the official added. 

How do I get tickets to Biden’s inauguration?

Senators and members of Congress are tradtionally the gatekeepers of tickets.

They usually have an allotment of tickets that they distribute to constituents, donors, or special guests.

Due to the pandemic and the events that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6, the ceremony will largely be scaled back.

“Lawmakers will receive a ticket for themselves and a plus-one and public health protocols, including face-coverings and social distancing, will be in place,” according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.


Security surrounds the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonCredit: AP:Associated Press

What time is the inauguration and where can I watch?

Biden’s inauguration will take place at noon on January 20 on the west front of the United States Capitol.

The inauguration date is set by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Biden will become the 46th president of the United States.


Kamala Harris has said she wants inauguration to continue despite possible security threatsCredit: AP:Associated Press

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Following the violent riots at the US Capitol, Biden has insisted: “I am not afraid to take the oath outside.”

Due to the chaotic events which unfolded in the days leading up to Biden’s presidency, the president-elect asked the Senate this week: “Can we go a half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?”

Lady Gaga is said to be performing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West of the US Capitol.


Flowers are placed along the razor wire fencing that now surrounds the US CapitolCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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