You have to set out early because, chances are, people will stay overnight for good spots. Make sure you choose a place where you can witness the ceremony without difficulty. Get a good parking spot at well. You will be battling for space with news crews, photographers, history buffs and over enthusiastic people.
PREPARE FOR CLOGGED TRAFFIC AND CELL PHONE SYSTEMS
It will be excruciatingly slow on January 20th, 2009 on streets around Washington DC. Take the Metro to save yourself from the stress of slow traffic. Remember to set things in place at home because your communications will be hampered by clogged phone systems. You will be vying with other four million people for body, car and cell phone space. Watch the news before you set out.
WATCH OUT FOR PICKPOCKETS
Do not let your inauguration experience be marred by the audacity of thieves. While watching history, watch out for your pockets, cameras and cell phones. Not everyone is there to enjoy the scenery. Not everyone is good news.
Having this unpredictable weather means you have to be ready for anything. Check your local station for news about the local weather before you set out and take the necessary clothing along. Bring gloves, together with any other accessory that shields you from the weather on that day.
BRING YOUR CAMERAS AND VIDEO RECORDERS
Record as many human stories as you can. This inauguration is not about Barack Obama alone. It is about the millions of Americans who will travel long distances to become witnesses to history. Make sure you leave with as many memories as would last you for a lifetime. Make your own news with your unique views.
GO IN GROUPS
It gives you protection from any adverse situation. The only thing with groups is that people might stray and slow down the group. So decide on what to do before you go to the inaugural grounds. Know where to regroup. Work as a complete unit. Keep your group from becoming side news. Try to be respectful of other people’s need to absorb the historic moment.
STAY HOME IF YOU CANNOT DO CROWDS
Oh, the wonders of technology. You can still watch the news and witness history via the Internet, Cable, Satellite and radio. If you think you are not a crowd-person, save yourself some trouble. Only make sure you get your family around to enjoy every moment of this spectacular day.