The 2013 Presidential Inauguration is just around the corner. It will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 with the public ceremony held the following day. Nestled in the heart of the nation's capital, The Fairfax at Embassy Row is the prime selection for an inauguration hotel in Washington, D.C. Rich in history, residents and guests of our hotel include the Gore family and a young George H. Bush and parents. The hotel was also host to President Eisenhower’s post-inaugural breakfast in 1953. The Fairfax is the ideal selection for your stay during the 2013 inauguration. The week of festivities includes the Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and a night of Inaugural Balls and glittering galas honoring the President of the United States.
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Inauguration 2013 Facts and Tips
- By law, the President must take his Oath of Office on January 20th before noon. Since the 20th falls on a Sunday, there will be a private ceremony on that date and the public ceremony will be held the following day.
- The oath of office is traditionally administered on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. Guests can easily get to Capitol Hill using the DC Metro, boarding a Red Line train at Dupont Circle.
- The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be established after the November election and will plan the Inaugural balls and galas. As many as 14 balls have been held in the past. Details will be announced as the information is made available. Tickets to the many inaugural balls will be distributed or available for purchase by the ball organizer. Inaugural balls typically take place the week leading up to and on Inauguration evening. For tickets contact your state society as most host an inaugural ball in Washington, DC.
- Pennsylvania Avenue Parade. The swearing-in ceremony is followed by a parade from the Capitol to the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue. There are limited ticketed bleacher seats available, but the public is invited to stand along the parade route. The First and Second Family travel in the parade, as well as various marching bands, military units and other entertainment.
- Transportation. The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged on Inauguration day. Many roads and parking spaces will be closed and/or barricaded. The best way to get to your destination, whether it’s for the morning swearing-in ceremony or an evening inaugural ball, is to take Metro. To save time, purchase your Metro pass in advance of inauguration day. The Fairfax at Embassy Row is just two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Line.
- Accessibility. The Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee advises that there will be designated drop-off points for visitors with disabilities outside of the security perimeters, but traffic conditions may make it difficult to reach these points. Visitors using walkers or wheelchairs should be aware that they may need to move across bumpy surfaces, grassy areas and possibly icy patches.