Update: If you missed the concert, you can watch it online at youtube.com.
The event will include an incredible lineup of celebrities. Musical performers scheduled for the event include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation.
Public gates open at 8:00 a.m. EST at the following locations:
- Public Entry A: Constitution Avenue at 19th Street
- Public Entry B: Constitution Avenue at Virginia Avenue
- Public Entry C: 17th Street at North Elm Walk
- Public Entry D: 17th Street at South Elm Walk
- Public Entry E: Independence Avenue at the DC War Memorial
Restricted items for the Lincoln Memorial grounds for the Inaugural Opening Ceremonies include firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons of any kind, aerosols, supports for signs, packages, coolers, thermal or glass containers, backpacks, bags and signs exceeding the size restrictions of 6"X4"X8", laser pointers, animals other than helper/guide dogs, structures, bicycles, and any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard.
In anticipation of large crowds attending the Inauguration Opening Ceremony, the best way to get to the Lincoln Memorial is to take Metro. The following stations are walkable: Farragut North, Metro Center, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations. Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge is closed to traffic, but pedestrians are permitted to cross. See more about road closures. Parking and shuttle service will be available at RFK Stadium. People wishing to drive may park their cars at RFK and shuttle buses will bring them to Independence Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets.
See a complete guide to the 2009 Inauguration