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Inaugural Committee: Swearing-in Ceremony Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 will begin at 11:30 a.m., with security checkpoints opening at 8 a.m. for the 240,000 ticket holders, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today. The committee recommended that ticket-holders arrive no later than 9 a.m.; screening will end once the program begins. In a news release, the committee said:

Getting to the swearing-in ceremonies that morning will be very difficult because of the large crowds. In addition to the 240,000 ticketed guests, a million or more people are expected to view the inauguration from the National Mall between 4th Street and the Lincoln Memorial, along with hundreds of thousands of others who plan on watching the Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. We recommend planning ahead, but also caution that any plans made in advance should be double-checked in the days and hours prior to the event in case of changes to transportation schedules, street and other closures, and other factors that may impact your travel plans. We also recommend developing back-up plans in case your original travel plans need to be changed at the last minute.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 29, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  | Category:  Crowds
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