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Welcome Concert Begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Doors Open at 8 a.m.

Barack Obama's free concert at the Lincoln Memorial will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and people will be allowed to begin gathering at 8 a.m. that morning, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today. The event features a wide array of musical talent, including Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.

The public can enter the grounds through several checkpoints:
Public gates open at 8:00 AM at the following locations:

- Public Entry A: Constitution Avenue at 19 th Street

- Public Entry B: Constitution Avenue at Virginia Avenue

- Public Entry C: 17 th Street at North Elm Walk

- Public Entry D: 17 th Street at South Elm Walk

- Public Entry E: Independence Avenue at the DC War Memorial

The Reflecting Pool area, JFK Hockey Fields and Constitution Gardens are open to the public and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A number of items are prohibited at the concert: firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons, aerosols, supports for signs, packages, coolers, thermal/glass containers, backpacks, bags/signs exceeding 6" x 4" x 8", laser pointers, animals other than guide dogs, bikes.

The inaugural committee also released details about start times and other information regarding official inaugural balls and other events. Read the rest of the release after the jump.

Lineup of events from the Presidential Inaugural Committee

MONDAY, JANUARY 19

Renew America Together: A Call to Service
On Monday, the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and their families - just like Americans in communities across the country - will participate in activities dedicated to serving others.

To find out more about "Renew America Together" or find a service event near you, please visit USAservice.org .


Community Service Day Lunch
This event is invitation only, and will be pooled press.

Please visit www.pic2009.org for updates.


Kids' Inaugural: We Are The Future
The Verizon Center

Doors open: 5:00 PM EST

Event begins: 7:00 PM EST

Please visit www.pic2009.org for updates.


Bipartisan Dinners
Each of the three bipartisan dinners will honor an American whose lifetime of public service has been enhanced by a dedication to bipartisan achievement.

National Building Museum
Honoree: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Event begins: 5:00 PM EST

This event is invitation only, and will be pooled press.

Hilton Washington
Honoree: Senator John McCain

Event begins: 5:00 PM EST

This event is invitation only, and will be pooled press.

Union Station
Honoree: Vice President-elect Joe Biden

Event begins: 6:30 PM EST

This event is invitation only, and will be pooled press.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20

The Swearing-In Ceremony
United States Capitol, West Front

Event begins: 11:30 AM EST

No tickets are required to view the Inaugural Ceremony on the National Mall west of 4th Street.

We anticipate large crowds. As such, we strongly encourage you to visit the official Presidential Inaugural Committee at www.pic2009.org for updates, directions and additional information regarding transportation and pedestrian routes. Text the word "open" to 56333 to receive official Inauguration news updates, transportation notices, and ways you can participate, whether they're in Washington or in your own community.


Inaugural Luncheon
United States Capitol

Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families will attend an inaugural luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

This event is not open to the public. Please contact the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies at 202-244-2228 for more information.

Inaugural Parade
Pennsylvania Avenue

Event begins: While there is no official start time for the parade, it traditionally begins around 2:30 PM EST

The majority of the parade route will be free and open to the public for standing room access. Viewing spots along the parade route are available on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of bleacher seats were available for sale but have sold out.


Official Inaugural Balls
A ticket is required for admission to each ball.

Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Hall D
Doors open: 5:00 PM EST

Event begins: 7:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 10:30 PM EST

President Obama Home States Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Hall E
Doors open: 5:00 PM EST

Event begins: 7:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 11:30 PM EST

Commander-in-Chief's Ball
National Building Museum
Doors open: 5:30 PM EST

Event begins: 7:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 12:00 midnight

Vice President Biden Home States Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Ballroom
Doors open: 6:00 PM EST

Event begins: 8:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 11:30 PM EST

Mid-Atlantic Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Hall A
Doors open: 6:00 PM EST

Event begins: 8:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 12:30 AM EST

Midwestern Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Hall C
Doors open: 6:00 PM EST

Event begins: 8:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 1:30 AM EST

Western Ball
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Hall B
Doors open: 6:00 PM EST

Event begins: 8:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 1:00 AM EST

Youth Ball
Hilton Washington
Doors open: 7:00 PM EST

Event begins: 9:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 2:30 AM EST

Eastern Ball
Union Station
Doors open: 8:00 PM EST

Event begins: 10:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 2:30 AM EST

Southern Ball
DC Armory
Doors open: 8:00 PM EST

Event begins: 10:00 PM EST

Event concludes: approximately 2:00 AM EST

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21

National Prayer Service
Washington National Cathedral

The morning after the inauguration, a National Prayer Service with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families will be held at the National Cathedral. The service will bring together dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths to celebrate the previous day's events through prayer, readings, and musical performances.

Doors Open: 7:30 AM EST

All ticketed guests should arrive before 8:30 AM EST.

This event is not open to the public. The service is by invitation only and tickets are required.

For the latest information for all official inaugural events, please visit www.pic2009.org

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  | Category:  Entertainment , Presidential Inaugural Committee , Swearing-in Ceremony , The Balls
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Comments



How does one get tickets to the neighborhood ball? I can't find any information on pic2009.org?

Posted by: winnie3 | January 14, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Youth Ball and Neighborhood Ball updates?

Posted by: Princeton_Rambler | January 14, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there will be water available at the concert? A 6x8 inch bag does not hold a lot of food and water, and 8 am to 4 pm is a long time.

Posted by: bw0766 | January 14, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Confused about tickets/no tickets for the Sunday concert. My workplace has some inaugural tickets to spread around and an e-mail said that included tickets to the concert Sunday. But I see nothing about tickets in the story. Can someone clarify? Is there a ticketed area in addition to the other public areas?

Posted by: oregonduck86 | January 14, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Will Constition be open to pedestrians? They say that many of those roads will be closed, but there is no info on whether it will be open to pedestrian traffic - how can we access the entrances if these roads are closed?

Posted by: ashie_no1 | January 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Obama change - no ticket, not elite, stay out, working class forbidden

Posted by: mgd1 | January 14, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

mgd1-
Not being elite, or being working class will NOT keep you out!
(stupidity though, SHOULD)

Posted by: kase | January 14, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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