Almost 150 people attended the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Preparations briefing delivered by the US Secret Service and MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) hosted by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association. The briefing took place in the Navy Memorial’s theater yesterday lasting for about one hour where representatives from the US Secret Service and the MPD delivered information about how the 2017 Presidential Inauguration would affect the downtown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods.
The two authoritative sources mentioned in the briefing are:
- US Secret Service website – 3 press releases (PDFs) including maps, street closures, timelines, and a list of items prohibited inside the secured parade route zone
- DC Government website – more localized information about the inauguration including effects on DC city services
The Presidential Inauguration is on Friday, January 20 at the US Capitol and the Inauguration arrangements are similar to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration whereby there will be increasingly secure zones as one gets closer to the National Mall. Preparation for the event begins Wednesday, January 18 and wraps up early Monday, January 23. The bulk of activities take place between early morning on Thursday, January 19 and late in the evening on Saturday, January 21.
A few key points:
- A hard, secure perimeter will be established around the parade route with magnetometer (metal detector) screening at specific entrances – NOTE: Certain items are prohibited and cannot be taken inside the secured parade route zone
- A vehicles road closure perimeter will be established (see red boundary in map below)
- Street and tunnel closures along with associated time lines for those closures are listed on the Secret Service and DC government websites listed above
- Preparations start as soon as Noon on Wednesday, January 18th with the enablement of parking restrictions
Vehicle Restrictions Map