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How do you get presidential inauguration tickets?

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Individuals who wish to attend the presidential inauguration swearing-in ceremony may contact their senator or congressional representative for tickets. However, a limited number of tickets are available, but there are areas where the public can view the ceremony for free. At the 2013 presidential inauguration, the public could also view the ceremony from 20 jumbotrons on the National Mall. For the inaugural balls, individuals can obtain tickets by signing up for an email notification from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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The swearing-in ceremony is held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. Prior to 1980, the ceremony usually took place at the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony's organizers made this change to allow more members of the public to attend.

The number of official inaugural balls varies, from as few as two in 2013 to as many as 14 in 1997. Although tickets are available to the public, they are limited. In 2013, individuals could only request two tickets, at a cost of $60 each.

In addition to the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural balls, the presidential inauguration also includes other events such as a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition, restaurants and other Washington, D.C. businesses organize inauguration-themed events during the inaugural week.

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