Three Tips for Surviving Inauguration 2009 in Northern Virginia

One week from today, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and inauguration mayhem is all ready in full swing.  Hotels in Alexandria and neighboring Crystal City and Arlington are sold out with the influx of visitors  expected to begin on Friday and swell throughout the weekend.

And while this infusion of presidential supporters is a boon for the hospitality and travel industry and  nearby retail establishments (think Pentagon City, the shops along King Street and Potomac Yard), residents should be ready for minor inconveniences.

Just to be on the safe side, the Red Cross has three tips for surviving the 2009 inauguration in Northern Virginia:

1 – Get all prescriptions filled ahead of time (in case your pharmacist can’t get to work).

2 – Make sure your gas tank is filled (always a good idea).

3 – Have plenty of CASH on hand (ATM machines will be working overtime).

Still plan to be out and about during the festivities?  Check these sites for complete information about bridge closings, road closings, bus routes, pedestrian routes, openings, closings, etc.:

DC Government

Unofficial Guide to Inauguration 2009

Washington Post

U.S. Senate/House of Representatives

City of Alexandria

Alexandria Convention and Visitor Association

Looking for souvenirs, books, puzzles, even cookies to celebrate the inaugural?  Try Artfully Paper at 2007 Mt. Vernon Avenue or Barnes & Noble in the Potomac Yard Shopping Ctr., just two that I know about.

Finally, if you’re like us and think this is an event best celebrated in the company of others, join us from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. in front of the Jumbotron at Market Square in Old Town (310 King St.).

Thanks for stopping by,

Michael