Click here to request tickets to attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony
The Presidential Inauguration will take place Wednesday, January 20, 2021 on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Inauguration is overseen by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), which is committed to traditional, inclusive, and safe ceremonies. As the Senator’s office does not oversee inaugural ceremonies, the number of available tickets are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Constituents can request up to four (4) Inauguration tickets below.
Due to COVID-19, the ticket distribution process is currently being assessed. The JCCIC will continue to monitor the situation and provide more information as it becomes available. We cannot guarantee the number of tickets requested per person until the JCCIC makes a determination on how to proceed with ticketing. Constituents will likely need to pick up tickets in-person a few days prior to the Inauguration at Senator Tester’s Washington, DC office. The person who reserved the Inauguration tickets must be the same person to pick them up, as verified by ID. Tickets are free and cannot be sold. Please take into consideration the travel restrictions for arriving in Washington, D.C. from Montana. There is typically a fourteen day quarantine required for travelers. Updates can be found here.
The deadline to request tickets is January 6, 2020.
Please note – neither the Senator’s office nor the JCCIC are involved in the Official Inaugural Balls or the Inaugural Parade. Those events are handled by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (From the JCCIC)
What happens during a traditional Inaugural Ceremony?
PROCESSION TO THE CAPITOL: By tradition, the outgoing President accompanies the President-elect to the Capitol for the Swearing-In Ceremony.
VICE PRESIDENT’S SWEARING-IN CEREMONY PRESIDENT’S
SWEARING-IN CEREMONY INAUGURAL ADDRESS: Since George Washington in 1789, every President has delivered an Inaugural address, ranging in length from 8,445 words to just 135.
HONORARY DEPARTURE: Following the Swearing-In Ceremonies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, the outgoing President and First Lady leave the Capitol to begin their post-presidential lives.
SIGNING CEREMONY: The first official actions taken by the newly sworn President of the United States occur in the President’s Room just off the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol.
INAUGURAL LUNCHEON: Since 1953, the JCCIC has hosted a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol for the new President, Vice President, and guests.
PASS IN REVIEW: After the conclusion of the Inaugural Ceremonies and the luncheon, the President and Vice President make their way to the East Front steps of the Capitol where they review military troops before leading a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens’ groups, marching bands, and floats down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
Where will the tickets allow me to go?
- The tickets allow access to specific sections of the Capitol Grounds. Additionally, there typically is a large section on the National Mall (past 4th Street) that is accessible to the general public.
- Accessibility services are provided in each ticketed section and will be available upon entering the section by request to the Accessibility Services Representative.
- Tickets are free and may not be sold.
What should I bring and how should I dress?
- You should be prepared to spend at least three hours in the cold in a very large crowd. This event may not be “Montana-cold,” but is historically wet and chilly.
- Dress for warmth. As most tickets reserve spots in grassy areas, dress in clothing and shoes that can withstand mud.
- Pack your patience. Security measures will be in place and taken very seriously. Be prepared to go through layers of safety measures, including metal detectors and bag checks. Security requires ticket holders to arrive hours early. carrying no seats or large bags. Bags over 18”x13”x7” are prohibited.
- Prohibited items include:
- Bags over 18”x13”x7”;
- Weapons of any kind: firearms and ammo, explosives, knives/blades/sharp objects, mace/pepper spray;
- Signs larger than 20’x3’x1/4”;
- Glass or metal bottles, including insulated or double-walled water bottles;
- Pets (unless they are service animals);
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards.
What is the best way to get to the Inauguration?
- Due to street closures around the Capitol grounds and massive crowds using public transit, transportation options will be very limited. Please be prepared to walk several blocks and to wait in long lines.
What if I cannot get tickets?
- Spectators can still gather along the National Mall, which typically includes large screens for viewing the Inaugural Ceremony.
- Additionally, the new President typically goes on a ceremonial parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House after being sworn in. Spectators can line up along Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade. A number of bleacher seats can usually be reserved through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Sidewalk viewing is free and will not be reserved.
If you have additional questions about the Inauguration, please visit the official website for the 59th Inauguration here.