Inauguration Week: A User Guide to Donald J. Trump’s Big Day in Washington
16 Jan 2017 by Amanda House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s finally here. Inauguration Week. Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20. Here are some important details to know if you plan on attending (or watching) the transition of power.
When & Where: Most of the festivities will take place Thursday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 21 – with Friday being the official seal-the-deal date. Unofficial events, however, will be taking place all week across the nation’s capitol.
Here are the basic need-to-knows, from the welcoming ceremony, to the swearing in, to the parade.
Transportation: DON’T DRIVE. Whatever you do, do not attempt to drive around downtown D.C. later this week. Between the barricades, road closures and sheer amount of spectators, driving will be next to impossible. Take the metro instead and pick up a limited edition SmarTrip card commemorating the inauguration (while supplies last).
This fancy $10 card (a 30% savings, mind you) comes pre-loaded with a one-day pass for unlimited Metrobus and Metrorail rides. What’s even better is you can keep the card: it’s valid both before and after Jan. 20. Add money to it by going online at wmata.com.
Note: A few metro stations will be closed within the security perimeter. For all the metro specifics, click here.
For those who choose to use a ride sharing app like Uber or Lyft, be warned: there will be a geofence in place around the security perimeter. According to USA Today, “the security perimeter will go into effect 48 hours before the ceremony and last until Sunday morning in some areas.” But never fear, “Uber has worked with officials for months to prepare for Inauguration Day, the company said. Its engineers altered its navigation systems to account for road closures and blackout zones and changed dispatch algorithms, so vehicles won’t be matched with riders on the other side of a barrier.”
Bottom line: Leave early and pack patience.
Accommodations: If you don’t already have a place to stay, good luck.
List of Prohibited Items: Ammunition, explosives, weapons – you know, the usuals. But careful, selfie-sticks and balloons also make the long list of “no-no’s”. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items.
Weather: Latest weather forecast models indicate that Trump’s big day may be warmer than normal, with current predictions of temperatures in the 50s and 60s. One would be wise though to come prepared for a chilly few days. Wear layers and don’t forget comfortable shoes: all public events take place outside. Oh, and don’t forget an umbrella, there’s a chance of rain!
Security Measures – for the curious: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said officials expect from 700,000 to 900,000 attendees this week, with 99 groups expected to demonstrate either for or against Donald Trump. With a price tag of tens of millions of dollars, a lot of security measures are coming together, and it’s not just the usual metal detectors and bag checks — though there will be plenty of that. Rooftop snipers, boat restrictions in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and “multilevel perimeters” along the viewing areas and parade route will be set in place. Manhole covers are being welded shut, and light poles, trash cans, and even mailboxes are being removed from the area.
Officials say there will be some 28,000 security personnel dedicated to keeping spectators safe. In addition to local law enforcement officers, and those being brought in from out-of-town, this includes help from the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and Coast Guard, as well as troops from the National Guard.
Staying Safe: Despite the beefed up security, there are still some safety precautions one can take. Don’t carry a ton cash, use a purse with zippers (or even better, a cross body bag), and pack photocopies of all your important documents (think ID, credit cards, airline tickets, etc.).
With such an influx of people, its bound someone is going to get lost. Be sure all children, disabled and elderly people carry an information card, including their name, address, emergency contact info, and medical information.
There is also the potential that some protests may get violent. If this happens, move away from the action as calmly and quickly as possible. Avoid becoming involved and keep your loved ones close. Move into a safe, enclosed area and stay alert.
To sign up for alerts text INAUGURATION to 888777 to receive updates from Park Police on road closures, missing persons, crime and emergencies. To report emergencies, call 911 or Park Police at (202)-610-7500.
Glitz-and-Glam: For all the balls, galas, receptions and parties, check out theseguides. Many of these are invite-only, but tickets may be purchased for several.
Exclusive — Inaugural Committee: ‘We Want All Americans’ to Join Donald Trump’s Inauguration; This Is a ‘Movement of Unity for the People’
16 Jan 2017 by Matthew Boyle
Boris Epshteyn, the communications director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 this weekend that “things are shaping up wonderfully” ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, the incoming 45th President of the United States of America. Throughout the Sunday evening interview, Epshteyn sounded a tone of unifying the country—all people nationwide—behind the new President.
“We have got a great week of events,” Epshteyn said. “Tuesday and Wednesday there’s some private events, the chairman’s dinner, and the vice president’s dinner on Wednesday. The chairman’s dinner is on Tuesday. And then Thursday, we have official events, starting with the laying of the wreaths at Arlington Cemetery, paying homage and honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our beautiful democracy. And then you have got the concerts on the mall, and the voice of the people—all of these groups, all of these people who are going to participate, flying in to participate, and we’re happy to give them the opportunity. So you have choirs, you have bands, you’ll have performers from all over the country representing the very best of America. And then you’ll have the Make America Great Again celebration—Lee Greenwood, Three Doors Down, and Toby Keith, among other performers. And then, finally, remarks by the President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday, and then Friday is the big day, of course.”
Epshteyn noted that while this week, Trump’s inaugural week, is a celebration, the President-elect is eager to get right to work.
“This President-elect, who’s going to be President on January 20, ran to get this country working, to get this country safe, to get this country secure, and that’s what his focus is,” Epshteyn said. “But, of course it’s a celebration, but while it’s a celebration it’s also time to get to work.”
Epshteyn noted that Trump views it as “vital” to honor those who risk their lives to protect the United States and the people, so there is a big focus on the Commander-in-Chief ball which is expanding to include not just active duty servicemen and women, but also veterans, first responders like law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs, as well as wounded warriors.
“It is so vital to honor those who risk their lives for Americans all over the country and all over the world,” Epshteyn said. “Someone going to work in rural Pennsylvania knows that there’s someone else going to bed or waking up across the world fighting to keep their freedom and save their freedom. That is such a key vision, a key portion of the American fabric. So there’s only three official inaugural balls this year. In 2009, there were nine or ten. So we have two official inaugural balls, and then the ball saluting the Armed Services and first responders. So important to honor those who are risking their lives, and as far as the first responders, those are who are keeping American lives safe every day across this country.”
Epshteyn highlighted a few events that the public can attend and pointed people to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) website, where people can get more information on where to go and how to get around Washington.
“The key events for the American people are ‘The Voice of the American People Concert’ and the welcome celebration,” Epshteyn said. “All they got to do is show up. Just show up. Enjoy. They’re complimentary, no tickets required. And then for the swearing in: Here are the big moments, the traditional moments and key moments on the 20th. You go from Blair House, where the President-elect is staying to St. John’s, then the traditional coffee and tea meeting between the outgoing President and first lady and incoming President and first lady, and then the swearing in on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon. We want all Americans—as many as possible—to come and be with us and stand with us. Let’s unite together and celebrate all that’s great in our country. No tickets required. You can get tickets and register if you want, but no tickets required. Just show up.”
He added that this inauguration may be the most historic in U.S. history since the country has elected for the first time ever a businessman who has never held either elected or military office.
“This is the most historic inauguration in a long time and probably in American history,” Epshteyn said. “We’re going to have so many people from across the country, and all these Americans here to come join with us and celebrate the fact that the Trump movement has arrived. And what is that movement? That is a movement of unity for the people. That’s a movement of us being together as a country and working together and being inclusive with each other and being leaders around the world. And it’s pragmatist, and that’s what Donald J. Trump is; he’s pragmatic because he is a businessman. He knows how to get things done under budget and ahead of schedule, and that’s what he’ll be doing as President.”
LISTEN TO BORIS EPSHTEYN ON BREITBART NEWS SUNDAY:
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