The atmosphere of this day in the U.S. capital is especially festive and solemn. The official ceremony takes place around noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol when the vice president-elect and president-elect take the Oaths of Office. This ceremony requires a ticket, which is free and can be obtained through congressmen or senators' offices. If you don't have a ticket, there are few options left to see the ceremony. The National Mall will be closed on Inauguration Day due to security concerns.