Arlington is focused on ensuring as many people as possible can get to Inaugural events safely. Because bridges and some major roadways will have restricted access to personal vehicles, walking, biking, and public transit are the best ways to get where you need to go.
Access to Washington, D.C. will be limited on inauguration day. View information about road and bridge closures.
Make a Plan
Treat the day as if it is a snow day. Do your errands ahead of time, and expect significant traffic delays.
- Stay Arlington (Arlington Visitor Services)
- Washington D.C.’s Inauguration page
- Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration
- Live traffic cameras
- Sign up for D.C. Alerts for real-time information about road closures, weather and more.
- Sign up for Arlington Alert. This free service provides real-time safety information and emergency alerts via email and text.
- Tune to 1700AM Arlington, our 24/7 emergency radio station.
Be Prepared – For Weather and Crowds
- Dress appropriately — listen to weather forecasts. Check the Inauguration Day forecast.
- Make sure children attending the events carry contact information. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number.
- Wear warm, comfortable shoes because you will have to walk long distances and stand for long periods of time.
- Consider whether you can stand outside in large crowds for up to six hours.
- Be ready to walk long distances — especially in the District of Columbia — because some Metro stations and roads will be closed.
- Be prepared for extremely crowded buses, trains, roads and highways, and long delays to get where you’re going.
- Bring with you any medications you need because there will be very long delays in getting to and from events.