History buffs better act fast. The ticketing process for a public memorial commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination ends Wednesday, July 31. The event is four months later, on November 22. But dilly-dalliers and rabble-rousers shan't attend.
The free ticketing process, which includes police background checks, opened June 20 with much fanfare. Even before the official announcement, many questioned the security requirements and limits on the so-called public event. Conspiracy theorists recently won a legal battle against the city to protest at Dealey Plaza, the site of Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has said attendees cannot have a history of violent crimes or extremist ties. "If we see anything that we think raises an alarm on any issue, then we're not going to give them tickets," Rawlings noted at a June press conference.
The public memorial will have standing-room-only space for 5,000 people at Dealey Plaza. The police-approved guest list will be notified around October 1 and will need a picture ID to claim a ticket.
Official viewing parties will live-stream the event to the masses from various locations around Dallas, including Victory Park.