Clubwoman Alert: Attending the Presidential Inauguration
If you're thinking of visiting Washington, D.C. for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, be ready for a crowd. The attendance for President-Elect Barack Obama’s swearing in are expected to exceed well over a million people, with the National Park Service gearing up for the largest-ever crowd on the National Mall. Though it will be hard to come by one of the 240,000 free inauguration ceremony tickets, GFWC members should still contact their representatives in both Houses of Congress to request them. States that are in close proximity to Washington D.C. have the longest lists, but if you live in a rural area or live several hundred miles away from the nation’s capital, you might still have a chance of getting a ticket.
»To prevent illegal sales of the free tickets, the U.S. Congressional Inaugural Committee has partnered with eBay/StubHub to prohibit buying tickets on its website. If you see tickets for sale online, be very skeptical. Some of these online “tickets” cost in excess of $10,000.
If you are unable to secure an inauguration ceremony ticket, there will still be an opportunity to participate in the day’s festivities. Additional free spots have been created along the parade route to accommodate more parade watchers.The number of paid bleacher seats has been reduced from 20,000 to 8,700 to clear room for more people to view the incoming President’s historical ride down Pennsylvania Avenue.
If you are in town for inaugural festivities, remember to stop by GFWC Headquarters for your Inaugural Open House on Monday, January 19. Contact the Meetings and Conventions Department at Meetings@GFWC.org if you have any questions.