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Inauguration 2017

Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016. Witness the historical event in Washington, DC as the nation swears in the 45th President of the United States.

The presidential inauguration will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Planning Ahead:

Some street closures will begin at 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19. However, the biggest impact on commuters will be all day Friday, starting in the early morning hours, leading up to the midday swearing-in at the West Front of the Capitol and going through the evening, after the Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Security screening gates will open at 6 a.m., followed by music at approximately 9:30 a.m. and opening remarks at 11:30 a.m.
  • You must have a ticket to attend the swearing-in-ceremony. Tickets are free and must be applied for through your local representative or senator’s office.
  • The presidential procession and inaugural parade will make its way from the U.S. Capitol to the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes

Washington, D.C.’s Department of Transportation recommends that people turn to Metro. Metro will be running rush hour service from 4:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Please note the following Metro station closures, which are subject to change:

  • Smithsonian (Orange, Silver and Blue lines), Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines) and Pentagon (Blue and Yellow lines) will be closed on Inauguration Day.
  • Federal Triangle (Orange, Silver and Blue lines) and Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (Green and Yellow lines) will be closed for the 24 hours of inauguration.

Click here to view your best route to the Inauguration.

Hotel & Lodging:

Accommodations in Washington, D.C. are being sold at a premium rate but, you don’t need to break the bank to witness the inauguration if you’re from out of town. The parks service in Montgomery County, Maryland is offering accommodations from rustic to refined.

Montgomery Parks is opening Little Bennett Campground and Rockwood Manor, January 13-23, 2017 for guests coming to Washington, DC for the events surrounding the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

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For just $36 to $51 dollars you can hook up your RV at one of 26 electric sites in Clarksburg’s Little Bennett Regional Park. However, if you’re looking for a more conventional place to stay during the presidential inauguration, consider Potomac’s Rockwood Manor. Rockwood Manor has ten hotel-style guest rooms available in its Carolyn Cottage and Skyview Lodge, sleeping two, three or four for $115-$150 plus tax, per night from Friday, January 13 through Monday, January 23.

Click here for more information about this unique lodging opportunity in Montgomery County!

Things to outside of Washington, D.C. during Inauguration weekend

Whether you’re a local or coming in from out of town, there’s plenty to see and do in Montgomery County, Maryland. Located on the red line of the Metro, check out these things to do:


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Wheaton station is located within walking distance to Westfield Wheaton mall and plenty of diverse restaurants. With a large Hispanic population, we recommend you try traditional Salvadorian pupusas at Los Chorros Restaurant, tasty tacos from El Taco Loco or the local favorite Pollo Rico for Peruvian chicken.


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Downtown Silver Spring offers the best shopping, events and restaurants. Check out the newly renovated Ellsworth Place mall, anchored by Dave & Busters! Downtown Silver Spring also features an outdoor ice skating rink.


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Bethesda is a thriving urban district, brimming with nearly 200 restaurants, two live theatres, 20 art galleries, and some of the best shopping in the Washington, DC Metro Area. Check out picturesque Bethesda Row or enjoy the night life at the local bars in Woodmont Triangle.


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Discover Rockville Town Square! Located within walking distance of Rockville metro station, the town center offers shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Complete with an outdoor ice rink, the rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC.  It is the largest in all of Montgomery County.

Check out our blogs for more things to do in the area.

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