Category:United States Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies, 2009

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Inauguration Overview

Official Ceremonies

The Presidential Inauguration Celebration for 2009 began on January 17, 2009, with a train ride from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Official events were held in Washington, D.C., from January 18 to 21, 2009, including the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, a day of service on the federal observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future concert event, the inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, an inaugural luncheon at National Statuary Hall, a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue, ten inaugural balls at the Washington Convention Center and elsewhere, a private White House gala and an inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Crowd Estimates

The National Park Service stated that it would use the head count of 1.8 million as reported in the Washington Post, believing this number to be a record for any event held in Washington, D.C.


The District of Columbia police force doubled temporarily in size with the addition of 8,000 police officers from around the United States. The police force was assisted by 1,000 FBI agents to provide security for the event, and the Secret Service Counter-sniper team was assigned to hidden locations throughout the area. Ten thousand National Guard troops were also on site, including the 153rd Military Police Company of the Delaware National Guard with 5,000 troops providing security duty in a ceremonial capacity and 1,300 unarmed troops aiding Park Police in crowd control at the National Mall. The FAA maintained airspace restrictions over Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was chosen as the designated survivor to ensure continuity of government in case of catastrophe, and he spent inauguration day at a U.S. military installation outside of the Washington, D.C. area.

No one from the crowds at the inaugural ceremony and parade was arrested as of 6:00 p.m. Inauguration Day, which according to a federal agent, was not usual.

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