Governor to “Take the Oath” Tuesday for Second Term-What you Need to Know

Governor Wolf’s Swearing-In Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, January 15th outside of the East Wing of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. Gates open to the public at 10:00 AM and guests must be seated by 11:30 AM. The program will begin at 12:00 PM. Tickets are required for entrance and seating is first come, first served.

Later that afternoon, there will be an Open House at the Governor’s Residence from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Governor Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, Lieutenant Governor Fetterman, and Gisele Fetterman will stop by to greet guests. Tickets are not required for the Open House.

The day concludes with the Inaugural Celebration from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Tickets are available here for $100, or $50 for students and seniors with valid ID.

What does it take to put on the Inauguration?

The Wolf Inaugural 2019 is made possible thanks to the efforts of more than 100 dedicated volunteers. These events are entirely privately funded by the Wolf Inaugural 2019 committee and its generous sponsors and held at no expense to Pennsylvania taxpayers.

How will Governor Wolf spend his time before the Inauguration?

On Monday, January 14th, Governor Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman, and Gisele Fetterman will engage in a day of service alongside nearly cabinet members, senior staff, and sponsors. Nearly 150 people will participate in a dozen projects, including the Ronald McDonald House, Downtown Daily Bread, YWCA, Caitlin’s Smiles, and more. The Wolfs and Fetterman’s wanted this Inauguration to be about the people of Pennsylvania, and they are excited to give back to the community. They encourage Pennsylvanians to find ways to get involved in their own communities.

Where can we park?

Guests to the swearing-in ceremony and other daytime events will be able to park free of charge outside of the North entrance of the Giant Expo Hall 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). If you wish to park closer to the Capitol, Harrisburg’s parking operator, SP+, has its meter and garage information available here. Parking at the Farm Show Complex for the Inaugural Celebration is free of charge and on a first come first served basis.

How do we get to the events?

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. Shuttles will be available to take you to the nighttime Inaugural Celebration from the Hilton Harrisburg (located at 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101) to the Farm Show Complex beginning at 7:00 PM. This service will run continuously until 11:55 PM.

What will be closed?

Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to through traffic from North Drive to Walnut street beginning January 12 through January 18, 2019. The Pennsylvania Capitol Complex will be closed on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The Main Capitol Building will be open to the public with limited access to the Main Rotunda area. 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.

Can we watch the Ceremony at home?

The Swearing-In Ceremony will be live streamed at

Are there any prohibited items?

The following items are prohibited within the ticketed areas: 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; liquids; and any other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event determined by security screeners.

Who will be participating in Governor Wolf’s Swearing-In?

Governor Wolf’s Swearing-In Program will feature Pennsylvanians from across the commonwealth who have made significant contributions through their leadership and talents. The full program is available here.

Governor Wolf will be escorted by Sergeant Seth J. Kelly and Trooper Ryan C. Seiple. Sergeant Kelly was awarded a Purple Heart and Medal of Honor on June 8, 2018, and named Trooper of the Year for 2017. Trooper Seiple was awarded a Medal of Honor on June 8, 2018. Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman will be escorted by Trooper Jason M. Ashton and Trooper Justin W. Handlin, both of whom were awarded Purple Hearts on June 8, 2018.

What will be used to swear Governor Wolf into office?

Chief Justice Saylor will administer the oath of office to Governor Wolf using the Wolf family’s mid-19th-century Bible.

When will Lieutenant Governor-Elect John Fetterman be sworn in?

Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman will be sworn into office in the Senate Chamber in a private ceremony at 10:00 AM, as per Senate protocol. The ceremony will be live-streamed and can be viewed at

Who will be performing at the Inaugural Celebration?

The Inaugural Celebration will be headlined by Philadelphia’s own GRAMMY-award winning hip-hop band The Roots. There will also be special appearances by some of Pennsylvania’s favorite sports mascots.

What will be available for food and drink at the Inaugural Celebration?

The Moving Pennsylvania Forward Inaugural Celebration will feature some of Pennsylvania’s favorite food and drink. The list can be found here.

What is the attire for the Inaugural Celebration?

The Inaugural Celebration is cocktail attire.

What happens after the Inauguration?

Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman will get back to work and continue to move Pennsylvania forward.