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Inauguration Time in D.C.

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This is the time of the year when Washington D.C. gets abuzz with all the hoopla around the public swearing in on Jan. 21 when Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

 

During the inauguration, the biggest hurdle everyone faces is the weather for the inaugural parade. Historically, the average high around that time is a chilly 43 degrees. We’re used to it but for people coming to Washington; they are advised to bundle up. This year it is expected to be in the low 30s but with a wicked wind chill making it feel like the ‘teens, so dress warmly! I’ve never attended; preferring to watch on television rather than tackle the crowds but I’ve had house guests who bundled their kids up and took the metro to Washington to witness history live.

 

Everyone can watch from Fourth Street and beyond and large television screens will be mounted along the Mall. There are also the inaugural balls and while Obama attended ten balls for his first inaugural; supposedly he will visit only two this year; the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and the Inaugural Ball.

Did you know it was so cold at Ronald Reagan’s second swearing in in 1985 that the inaugural parade was canceled for the first time in history?

 

In January, at our national headquarters, we’re focusing on Washington D.C. too. Our staff is concentrating on plans for Legislative Day, coming up April 3-4. Weather shouldn’t be a problem in Washington since spring is beautiful but it could always rain. One year we did have a small snow storm though.

 

Our event is during the annual cherry blossom festival which runs from March 20-April 14. It’s hard to say if the blossoms will be in full bloom or not. They depend on weather too. If you have time, you may want to come early or stay a day later and include a stroll around the Tidal Basin to see these world famous flowers. From our hotel this year; the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, you are in close proximity to the National Mall which is lined with these beautiful trees.

 

Because there are so many tourists who come to Washington to see these blossoms; it’s good to start planning your trip now and take advantage of the special rates we offer for Legislative Day at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.
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