DemDaily: Inaugural Week: The New Lineup!

January 18, 2021

Resistance Revival Choir "I will stand for you if you will stand for me" (CLICK to Watch)

Inaugural week, which kicked off Saturday and is themed "America United," includes an expanding list of events celebrating the 59th Presidential Inauguration - just two days away!

The opening night program, "America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America's Changemakers," featured a host of notables, including Whoopi Goldberg, the Black Pumas, Darren Criss, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and the Resistance Revival Choir.

Sunday night's "We The People Concert," hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing, expanded on the list of celebs and performers with AJR, Connie Britton, Cher, Fall Out Boy, Ben Harper, Carole King, James Taylor, and DJ Cassidy closed it out with a rocking montage of inspirational oldies.

Biden and First Lady-to-be Jill Biden volunteered today at Philabundance, a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia (The Hill)

United We Serve National Day of Service
All-Day Event
Today's National Day of Service celebrates and honors the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and provides Americans an opportunity to unite and serve during a national global pandemic.

In partnership with organizations across the country, events will focus on COVID-19 relief and address challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty, hunger, racial injustice, homelessness and mental health.

Field of Flags
6:00pm EST
An extensive public art display on the National Mall will include approximately 191,500 US flags representing every state and territory, and 56 pillars of light. The Field of Flags will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.

The display will be lit up Monday night, taking about 46 seconds to commemorate Biden's distinction as the 46th president of the United States.

United We Serve: A Celebration of the 
National MLK Day of Service
8:00pm-9:00pm EST
The celebration will feature a host of entertainers, speakers and stories celebrating the legacy of the late civil rights leader, including Aloe Blacc, Reverend Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Chesca and Rosario Dawson. Others include Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Sean Patrick Thomas, Bebe Winans and more.

Go to the DemList Presidential Inaugural Calendar for more details and links for all official and unofficial inaugural events.

I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration
12:00pm EST
Discovery, Inc. and Discovery Education will provide a virtual learning experience to educators, students, and families. Dr. Jill Biden will address students with a behind-the-scenes look at the inauguration with a series of interviews with experts and historians. Streamed on

National COVID Memorial
5:30pm EST
The memorial will honor the lives lost to COVID-19. In the nation's capital, the ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Citizens in cities and towns across the country are invited to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings, ringing church bells and lighting your own candles in a national moment of unity and remembrance." Streamed on

On Wednesday morning, January 20th, President Donald Trump, who is not participating in the ceremonies, will depart from the White House, for what is hopefully the last time. He will fly to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland where he has requested an elaborate send off before leaving for his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans
10:00am-12:30pm EST
Award winning entertainer Keke Palmer will host the livestream for young Americans, including a special message from Dr. Jill Biden, commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and a segment on presidential pets produced by Nickelodeon. Trivia questions, including some asked by Doug Emhoff, and segments produced by the Library of Congress are among the special features.
Streamed at

Former Presidents Clinton, Obama and Bush will attend inaugural (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Swearing in Ceremonies
11:30am EST: West Front of the US Capitol
Times TBD

Opening Remarks
Invocation: Father Leo J. O'Donovan
National Anthem: Lady Gaga
Pledge of Allegiance: Andrea Hall, President, IAFF Local 3920
Vice Presidential Swearing In: Kamala Harris. The oath will be administered by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Presidential Swearing In: Joe Biden. The oath will be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts at noon, as designated in the Constitution
Inaugural Address: President Joseph Biden
Musical Performance: Jennifer Lopez
Poetry Reading: Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate
Benediction: Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman

Also on the stage: Former presidents Bill ClintonGeorge W. Bush and Barack Obama, along with respective First Ladies Hillary ClintonLaura Bush and Michelle Obama, as well as Vice President Mike Pence. Congressional leadership and the chairman of the National Governors Association will be among the 200 VIPs on the platform and Members of Congress and other dignitaries will be among the approximately 1,800 seated on the grounds below.

Pass in Review
1:00pm EST: East Front of the Capitol
In the traditional military ceremony, the President, First Lady, Vice President and Second Gentleman, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of the troops, represented by every branch of the military.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
1:45pm EST: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arlington National Cemetery
The wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will provide the American people with a show of bipartisan unity. The event will honor the nation's brave servicemen and women and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Presidential Escort 
2:30pm EST: 15th Street, NW to the White House
The new President, Vice President and their families will be escorted to the White House by the US Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief's Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard."

The Boss and John Legend will perform (yahoo)

Virtual Parade Across America
3:00pm-5:00pm EST
The parade will celebrate America's heroes, highlight 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. Streamed on

Celebrating America
8:30pm-10:00pm EST
The star-studded primetime special will be hosted by Tom Hanks, with segments intoduced by fellow actors Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington.

The program will celebrate and highlight American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through the pandemic crisis, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.

Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta will make an appearance (Clemens Bilan)

Musical performances include John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and Tim McGraw.

Composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway's Hamilton will recite a classic work and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chef José Andrés, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and the first woman MLB general manager, Kim Ng, will make appearances. President Biden and Vice President Harris will speak during the program.

The program will be carried live on major networks and will be streamed on and other platforms.

DemList will keep you informed.

Go to the DemList Presidential Inaugural Calendar for more events and details!
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Sources: Presidential Inaugural Committee, PBS, NPR, Axios

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