• Costs for inaugural events, not counting security and construction, are estimated at between $30 and $40 million, which will be paid for by private donors.
• Major donors who’ve given $250,000 include: AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, Marriott, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Time Warner Cable, and dozens more.
• Significant donors get tickets to the swearing-in ceremony, premier parade route seats, and entry to one of several parties the president and vice president will attend.
• Federal employees who work in the District, Montgomery, Prince George's, Fairfax and Arlington counties, Alexandria and Falls Church are entitled to a holiday on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. The cost of giving federal workers in the capital area a day off is approximately $66 million.
• It will cost approximately $8.8 million in overtime pay for about 2,000 D.C. police officers.
• It will cost approximately $2.7 million to pay 1,000-plus officers being sent by other jurisdictions across the country.
• Over $3 million to construct temporary reviewing stands.
• $2.5 million to place public works, health, transportation, fire, emergency management and business services on emergency footing.
• Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said, “the security for this occasion will be unprecedented.”
• The first inaugural since the attacks on September 11, 2001 will trump the Superbowl and Academy Awards in cost.
• The four-day event is a National Special Security Event, a designation assigned to events of great size and significance.
• NSSE events mean: The Secret Service creates and oversees the overall plan; The FBI lends intelligence data related to the event; FEMA details responses to possible terror scenarios.
• This is the first inauguration in history where police plan to search all who attend the ceremony and parade.
• Security teams will sweep through all buildings along the parade route and might even keep office workers from sitting near windows overlooking the procession.
• Caterers are being instructed to arrive for work the night before the inauguration so that security can ensure food safety.
• Members of Congress get free tickets for constituents: 400 for Senators/200 for Representatives, regardless of party affiliation.
• Many GOP lawmakers are asking Democrats for their leftovers.
• Blocks of tickets also go to the president, vice president, and Supreme Court.
• Tickets for various inaugural events are selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars.
HISTORY OF INAUGURALS PAST:
March 4, 1801 —
Thomas Jefferson becomes the first president to be inaugurated at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
March 4, 1809 —
James Madison holds the first inaugural ball. It is hosted by his wife Dolly and 400 tickets are sold for $4 apiece.
March 4, 1817 —
James Monroe becomes the first president to take his oath outdoors in Washington.
March 4, 1841 —
William H. Harrison delivers the longest inaugural address; it was 10,000 words. In comparison, in 1793, George Washington delivers an inaugural address of 135 words.
March 4, 1865 —
Abraham Lincoln's inauguration was the first time African-Americans participated in the parade.
September 14, 1901 —
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first president not sworn in on a Bible.
March 2, 1932 —
20th Amendment passed by Congress. States that the inauguration ceremony be held on January 20th at noon. Previously, the president had been sworn in on March 4, giving Congress a period of inactivity.
January 20, 1949 —
Harry S. Truman is the first president to have his inauguration televised.
January 20, 1997 —
William J. Clinton is the first president to have his inauguration broadcast live on the Internet.
• There are nine "official" nighttime balls that are reserved only for the Republican Party faithful.
• There will also be a special Commander in Chief Ball. It will be free to invited men and women of the armed forces and their families.
• Last-minute tickets could reportedly cost as much as $250,000.
• Tickets were originally listed at $125 but have skyrocketed since.
Click here for the official Website of the 55th presidential inauguration.