Inauguration 2017 Guide: Road closures, security, protests and events
The presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our nation's 45th president will take place in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20, 2017.
The 58th presidential inauguration won't just bring well-wishers to town -- but protests the day before, the day of and the day after the event.
This guide will have various details needed for both D.C. Metro area residents and tourists visiting the city that weekend.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: If you have tickets, you can celebrate the inauguration of Trump with a welcome celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19 in addition to the events on Jan. 20. A full official schedule can be found here.
INAUGURAL BALLS: Glitz and glam with celebrities and Washington's elite at a number of official inaugural balls. Dress codes are mandated and normally black-tie, so be sure to know what you'll need to wear
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CONCERT: The Make America Great Again! concert will be out in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Toby Keith, Jon Voight, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums, 3 Doors Down, and The Frontmen of Country are scheduled to appear. More on the lineup here.
PARADE: The parade for Donald Trump will be along Pennsylvania Avenue downtown. Expect road closures in the area and tight security.
For a list of the best places to watch the parade, click here.
PROTESTS & RALLIES
Several protests and rallies are planned throughout the weekend --- the biggest being the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21.
According to the National Park Service, the agency has given out 20 different permits for groups that plan to hold demonstrations on park-managed land.
The group #DisruptJ20 is planning to march from Union Station to McPherson Square, while a group of bikers named, "Let America Hear US, Roar for TRUMP" will gather in support of Trump at Dupont Circle.
Most of the protests will be on Wednesday. A full list of protests during Inauguration week can be found here.
Security will be even more beefed up for this inauguration as planners are expecting far more protestors than in the past, including thousands at the Navy Memorial, right along the parade route.
Here's a full list of prohibited items: What not to bring to inaugural events.
Three thousand police officers from around the country will be assisting with security for the inauguration. They are expected to arrive in town on January 18.
METRO AND RAILS: Metrorail service will begin at 4 a.m. and end at midnight. Riders should prepare to pay extra. Peak fares will be in effect from 4 a.m until 9 p.m. Due to tight security, some stations will be closed.
DRIVING AND ROAD CLOSURES: Road closures will be in effect from as early as Wednesday, Jan.18 and will be lifted by Jan. 22. Most of the road closures are along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue, but it's across a wide area downtown. A full list of road closures.
RENTALS & AIRBNB: Whether you're renting your home out or trying to find a place to stay for the Inauguration, there's good news for you. Jan. 20 is the biggest day Airbnb has seen in D.C. Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, the H Street Corridor, Shaw and Adam’s Morgan are among the most popular neighborhoods. For more on Airbnb rentals and information, click here.
CAMPING: If you're looking for an alternative option for accommodations, many local campgrounds are open to campers.
Montgomery County parks have also opened old bunkhouses that sleep 24 from $435 to $520. You can find information here on that here.
HOTELS: Many of D.C.'s hotels are already sold out although there are options for hotels in D.C.'s suburbs. You could also stay in Baltimore which is about an hour drive from D.C.
But if you're looking for the creme de la creme, you could try one of these most outlandish stays.
A Yellow Weather Alert has been issued for Inauguration Day due to rain and showers. Right now it looks like the showers will arrive in the afternoon. Temps will be seasonably mild but if you are out in the rain it will feel a bit chilly with temps in the upper 40s to low 50s. Our First Alert Weather Team will be tracking the weather for the inauguration, you can find the latest forecast here.
Historically, the weather has sometimes created havoc on Inauguration Day. The coldest inauguration was in 1985.
THINGS TO DO IN D.C.
If you're coming in from out of town, there's lots to do in D.C. despite some closures of roads and public transportation.
Many of the free museums will be open and some of the best restaurants are in D.C. Locals can also find many non-inauguration events in the city.
Some D.C. restaurants are even donating inauguration profits to charities.
THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE OF D.C.
The massive influx of tourists could lead to a massive headache for locals. Metro will be overloaded. The roadways (that are open) will be jam-packed. Museums, restaurants, and favorite hangout spots will be crowded and booked.
So, how does a road trip sound?
We found seven reasons to head out of town so you can avoid the inauguration crowds.