The 55th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony

January 13, 2005
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

The 55th Presidential Inauguration will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at approximately 11:30 a.m., on the West Front of the United States Capitol. The public will be able to access the West Lawn from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Due to events around the world and the mere nature of the ceremony, additional security precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance. All individuals attending the inaugural ceremony must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site.

Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather, be patient, and to utilize Metro to Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center, or Judiciary Square.

Inaugural Ticket Holders

If you posses a BLUE or GREEN inaugural ticket you are advised to utilize the Metro to either Union Station or Judiciary Square. If you posses a RED or YELLOW inaugural ticket you are advised to utilize the Metro to either Capitol South or Federal Center.

Prohibited Items

Firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition (either real or simulated), explosives of any kind (including fireworks), knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length), aerosol sprays, coolers, thermal or glass containers, mace, pepper spray, sticks, poles, pocket or hand tools (such as a leatherman), packages, backpacks, large bags, duffel bags, suitcases, laser pointers, posters, signs, placards (including supports structures), animals other than guide dogs or service dogs assisting handicapped individuals, strollers, chairs, umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, and any other items at the discretion of the security screeners that may pose a potential safety hazard.

Street Closures

Maps detailing the specific street closures are attached. The specified streets will be closed to unauthorized traffic on Thursday, January 20, 2005 beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m.; however, some streets may be closed earlier to support event preparations.


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  Prepared by:
  Sgt. Contricia Sellers-Ford
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer