WASHINGTON - Before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, two special celebrations will be held to officially kick off the inaugural events.
Voices of the People will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19 and will feature groups who applied to take part in the inaugural festivities.
The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration will take place following Voices of the People and will feature remarks from President-elect Trump.
"President-elect Trump has made it clear that this inaugural is of, by, and for the American people. The 58th Inaugural will celebrate American history and heritage, while setting the course to a brighter and bolder future for all Americans," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack. "Above all, it will serve as tribute to one of our greatest attributes, the peaceful transition of partisan power."
"As Abraham Lincoln said, 'when an election is over, it is altogether fitting a free people that until the next election they should be one people,'" continued Barrack. "We will be one people working together, leading together, and making America great again, together."
Here is what you need to know before taking part in Thursday's celebrations.
VOICES OF THE PEOPLE
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Lincoln Memorial | 10:30 a.m.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! WELCOME CELEBRATION
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Lincoln Memorial | Approximately 4 p.m.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
The two special inaugural celebrations are free and open to the public.
Tickets are not required for admittance to events on the National Mall, including the celebrations and the public standing areas for the swearing-in.
Free commemorative tickets for the celebrations are available online at 58PIC2017.org
HOW CAN I GET THERE?
Driving to and from inaugural events is discouraged due to the high volume of vehicle traffic and road closures and limited parking expected in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas.
Mobile users click here for map: https://goo.gl/maps/e4T5mNPCmNL2
All Metro stations are accessible via the Blue and Orange line trains. Metro Inauguration Day info here: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/events/inauguration/index.cfm
No designated parking is reserved for inaugural events. Parking can be found in any public garages or lots not closed for Inauguration Day.
WHAT ROADS ARE CLOSED?
Wednesday, January 18
Thursday, January 19
WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED?
The following items are prohibited from Thursday's Welcome Celebrations and Friday's inaugural events.
WILL THERE BE RESTROOM ACCESS?
Public toilets, including those with ADA capability, will be located throughout the National Mall for inauguration events.
WILL FOOD AND BEVERAGES BE AVAILABLE?
Concessions tents will be located around the event site. Hot drinks and water will be available such as hot chocolate, coffee, and tea.
WHERE DO I ENTER?
Credentialed Guests with Reserved Seating will Enter through the 23rd Street and Constitution Ave Security Checkpoint.
Special Guests with Reserved Seats and Special Guests with Standing Room Tickets will Enter through the Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Ave security checkpoint.
All General Admission Standing Room Guests will enter through 17th Street and Constitution Ave Security Check Points.