Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day is on Wednesday, January 20. President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take Oaths of Office and be sworn in at around noon on the West Lawn of the Capitol. President-elect Biden will then deliver his Inaugural Address.  This will be televised by every major news station and likely be streamed on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Live.

Due to safety protocols, the ceremony will be limited to members of Congress and there will be no public access to the Capitol. The National Mall will also be closed off to people 200,000 United State flags will be planted at the Mall to represent people who would have attended. Washington D.C will be under a State of Emergency until January 24. 

Following the Inaugural Address, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will take part in a “pass of review”. This is where members of every branch of the military march past the newly elected President and Vice President for evaluation. The Bidens will then be escorted to the White House by representatives of the military.

Instead of a traditional inaugural parade, there will be a virtual parade. The virtual parade will be a video that “highlight(s) Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era” according to the President Inaugural Committee (PIC). The PIC strongly encourages people not to come to Washington D.C. and to enjoy the virtual program from of the safety of their own homes.