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They will be watching a JumboTron; the only question is how close to the actual action their particular JumboTron will be.
Last time the areas closest to the Capitol filled up first. The Mall continued to fill up, going toward — and past — the Washington Monument.
Not sure how competitive viewing spots will be this time around in comparison to last time, but last time people who wanted spots anywhere near the Capitol had to arrive really, really early.
I’m glad I went to the inauguration last time — if I hadn’t, I would’ve always wondered what it was like — but it was very crowded, and getting out of the Mall afterward was a nightmare because of the tall chain-link fences and limited points of exit. (At one point the crowd I was in was on the verge of bum-rushing a fence and knocking it down.) So I wouldn’t do it again.
Another option would be forgoing the inauguration itself, and instead trying to snag a good spot to watch the parade afterward.