Friday, January 18, 2013
Your visual guide to District disruptions on Inauguration Day: blocked streets, including the parade route, and closed metro stations, plus live traffic incidents as they happen. Also find out where to park your bike, and watch the Inaugural Ceremonies.
Map by Martin Burch. Data from the U.S. Secret Service, WMATA and MapQuest.
Where to go, what to do and where to eat in downtown Alexandria this weekend if you're hosting guests for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
Do you have guests in town for Inauguration Weekend? Chances are, your guests will want to do more than sit on your couch waiting for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday. So, we’ve rounded up some things you can do in Old Town to keep your guests entertained and happy. What To Do, Where To Go First, check out our weekend planner for events in and around town! You can always take your guests on a stroll down the shops on and off King Street, and include a wander through Founder's Park. Visit the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, too, where George Washington's memorial services took place. Take a tour of the Friendship Firehouse Museum—the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria, founded 1774. (Tours are by …
Due to high security levels, many items are prohibited at the inauguration and related events such as balls.
Make sure you're smart about what you bring to watch the inauguration ceremony in DC. One Patch local editor attended the 2009 presidential inauguration downtown, and brought a lawn chair. She had to leave it outside the security gates. Don't let something like that happen to you! There will be a strong police presence—even police from Alexandria, Fairfax County and other jurisdictions will be in DC this weekend. Here's the official list of what is prohibited from the inauguration ceremony, inauguration parade and elsewhere. This information comes from inauguration.dc.gov: The U.S. Secret Service, Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Capitol Police, and other local and federal agencies are providing an unprecedented level of security for…
A look at what you need to know about Metro for Inauguration Weekend.
Metro is not performing any scheduled track work anywhere on the system Inauguration Weekend, but there are service advisories in effect. Read up on Patch's other Metro-related Inauguration Weekend information: According to a Metro news release, the following is a summary of Metro service plans for Inauguration Weekend 2013: Saturday, Jan. 19: Sunday, Jan. 20: Inauguration Day, Monday, Jan. 21: For complete 2013 presidential inauguration coverage, see Old Town Alexandria's special 2013 presidential inauguration section here.
It will be warmer on Inauguration Day 2013 than it was in 2009, but it's still January in Virginia. Here are some tips on staying warm when you're outside for hours.
People watching the 2013 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama live from the Washington mall likely will see temperatures somewhere between 28 degrees and 43 degrees, if the past few presidential inauguration weather patterns are any indication. According to the National Weather Service, those are the average high and low temps for a January Inauguration Day. Early weather forecasts indicate temperatures could be in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies for the 2013 presidential inauguration. That's warmer than four years ago, when temperatures reached just 28 degrees for the 2009 inauguration. Of course, that's nothing compared to Ronald Reagan's second inauguration, when the high temperature was just 7 degrees. The windchill made …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
How to get around Washington on Inauguration Day, including Metro rail, bus, driving, biking and walking.
Click on each transportation mode above to reveal more information and links to resources about each. For additional District and Maryland transportation information, click here.
Metro is preparing to be the transportation mode of choice.
Virginia Railway Express is not operating on Inauguration Day. "VRE does not historically offer service on Inauguration Day," management said during a Jan. 2 online forum "Let's Talk". VRE said it decided to offer service for the last Inauguration because the DCmetropolitan area shut down most major access points for cars to the city, and crowds for the event were exceptionally large. It is different this time. "As there are more options for people to get to DC that day, and less people are expected to attend, we feel we can revert to not offering service for the inauguration," management said. Jan. 21 is also the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, a traditional no-service day for VRE. Joe from Spotsylvania said in Let's Talk!: "…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Metro, Secret Service, the official inauguration committee and others are tweeting to help navigate the inauguration weekend.
Twitter can be a great way to get information on the go about inauguration weather, traffic, Metro transit, events and more on inauguration weekend. President Barack Obama's second inauguration is this Monday, Jan. 21. He'll be sworn in privately Sunday. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of Twitter accounts you may want to follow if you’re heading into Washington for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, the parade, balls or any related events that weekend. Old Town Alexandria Patch is on Twitter, too! Follow @alexandriapatch for local news and info on inauguration day and beyond. WMATA – Metro Rail and Bus @wmata - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority’s official Twitter account. @metroinaug - …
The Alexandria Transit Company will offer modified service on Monday, Jan. 21, which is both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
On Monday, Jan. 21 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) will operate on a Saturday schedule. Monday is both Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. The King Street Trolley will operate on a regular schedule that day, DASH has announced. The free trolley runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. between the King Street Metro Station and the Alexandria waterfront. Metro (rail and bus) will run on a special schedule, operating rush-hour service (but no Rush Plus) service Jan. 21. There will be a special Inaugural Water Taxi running from Alexandria to DC. For more on inauguration transportation and other information about Barack Obama’s second inauguration, click here.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Jan. 19 event honors Inauguration Day.
Some of Alexandria’s younger residents will celebrate the presidential inauguration with a day of service. Several city offices along with Alexandria City Public Schools, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Volunteer Alexandria have organized a Jan. 19 event designed to engage youth in creating a 30-page storybook, which will then be signed by the nation's first family. The day of service is an effort to teach Alexandria’s children the importance of giving back. The events will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, Charles Barrett Recreation Center and the T.C. Williams satellite office at Landmark Mall. Activities include games, reading, dancing, discussing “service,” coloring and making a …