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What items will be prohibited at the inaugural activities?
The following items are prohibited at the Swearing-In Ceremony, Open House at the Governor’s Residence, and Inaugural Celebration:
Firearms; ammunition; explosives, including fireworks; knives, blades, and other sharp objects; mace and pepper spray; sticks or poles; pocket or hand tools; packages, backpacks, large bags, duffel bags, and suitcases; aerosol sprays; thermoses and coolers; strollers; umbrellas; laser pointers; air horns; signs and posters; animals (other than service animals); portable chairs (other than those for disabled persons); alcoholic beverages; and any other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event determined by security screeners.

Outside food or beverage will be prohibited at the the Swearing-In Ceremony, Open House at the Governor’s Residence, and Inaugural Celebration.

Can I bring my camera?
Cameras are permitted at the Swearing-In Ceremony, the open house at the Governor’s Residence, Inaugural Celebration.

What is the dress code for the inaugural celebration?
The dress code calls for cocktail attire.

For any other questions, please email

What closures will there be?

The Pennsylvania Capitol Complex will be closed on Tuesday, January 15. For those members of the public choosing to visit the Main Capitol on Tuesday, January 15, the only public entrance will be the Main Capitol Rotunda entrance.

Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to through traffic from North Drive to Walnut Street beginning January 12, through January 18, 2019.

For attendees of the swearing in ceremony and other daytime events free parking will be available at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center off of I-81 and Cameron Street in Harrisburg, PA (2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110). Shuttles will be available to use starting at 9:00 AM. They will run continuously from the Farm Show to the Capitol and back. Starting at 1:30 PM shuttles will begin making a loop that goes from the Farm Show, to the Capitol, to the Governor’s Residence, and around again. The last shuttle will be leaving the Capitol stop at 4:30 PM for the Residence and Farm Show.

For general public parking and those who wish to be closer to the Capitol, Harrisburg’s parking operator, SP+, has its meter and garage information available here.