For the first time in 91 years, Capitol Police are preparing for a presidential inauguration. The last one they were prepared for was Calvin Coolidge’s in 1923, but that turned out to be pretty uneventful.
This year will be different though. With protesters flooding into Washington D.C., and threats of anarchists occupying the National Mall during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, it’ll be up to Capitol Police to keep things safe on January 20th!
What does this mean for you? Well, if you plan on attending any of the festivities around town or want to visit DC during inauguration week (January 16th-20th), there are some new restrictions being put in place for this event .
If you’re planning on attending the Inauguration or Women’s March, you will have to go through a security checkpoint. In fact, everyone who even plans on being within the boundaries of DC during inauguration week will have to sign in and get their bags screened. This means that you’ll have to sign in and show your ID at the following locations (and any other location you plan on being in DC during that time):
House and Senate Office Buildings: You will be required to check in with your ID at the following locations (24/7): Cannon House Office Building Lobby- First Street NE Entrance Longworth House Office Building Lobby- 1st St. NE Entrance U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) Mezzanine- enter at the 1st Street NE or South Capitol Street Entrance
Federal Buildings: You will have to check in with your ID at these locations (24/7): D.C. Federal Building 14th and Constitution Ave NW 333 Constitution Avenue, NW – west side of building Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building – 1st and D Streets NE 333 Constitution Avenue, NW – east side of building
Monuments: You will need to check in at the following areas (24/7) : Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool- West Steps Vietnam Veterans Memorial- 23rd Street FDR Memorial- East Entrance Washington Monument Area – 15th St. NW, SW Parking Lot Thomas Jefferson Memorial- Ohio Drive SW, south of 15th Street SW White House Area- Constitution Ave NW & 17th St NW WWII Memorial- Independence Ave SW U.S. Botanic Garden – Conservatory Gate
(For a full list of restricted items and prohibited locations during Inauguration Week, click here . )
Well this is a pain, right? But it’s all for good reason.
The Capitol Police are also working with MPD to make sure protests and demonstrations remain safe and peaceful with support from the United States Park Police (USPP), United States Secret Service (USSS) and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
House and Senate Office Buildings: Road closures will take place on the following streets (24/7): First Street NE from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue C Street NE from 18th to 20th Streets Delaware Avenue from New Jersey Avenue NW to 1st Street SE D Street NE from 18th to 15th Streets Constitution Ave NW from 17th to 1st Streets C Street SW from 18th to 20th Streets
Federal Buildings: Road closures will take place on the following streets (24/7): Maryland Avenue SW from Independence Avenue to First Street NW East Capitol Street from Second to First Streets NE Second Street NE from Constitution Avenue to East Capitol Street K Street NW from Washington