DemDaily: The 59th Inauguration! The Schedule
January 20, 2021
Inauguration Day is here! In just hours Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States -- closing out a painful chapter in our country's history, and marking the beginning of a new era of healing for the American people.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20th
8:00am: President Donald Trump's departure
ceremony at Andrews Airforce Base!
Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans
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, Trivia questions from Doug Emhoff, and a segment on presidential pets produced by Nickelodeon. Streamed at BidenInaugural.org/youth
Swearing in Ceremonies
10:30am EST (Coverage Begins)
West Front of the US Capitol
Invocation: Father Leo J. O'Donovan
Pledge of Allegiance: Andrea Hall, President, IAFF Local 3920
National Anthem: Lady Gaga
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 Performances: Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks
Poetry Reading: Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate
Benediction: Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman
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
2:00pm EST (Coverage Begins)
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery
The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
3:00pm EST (Coverage Begins)
15th Street, NW to the White House
The new President, Vice President and their families will receive a Presidential Escort from 15th Street 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."
Virtual Parade Across America
The Presidential Escort will be followed by a "Parade Across America," which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country that will reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era. Streamed on BidenInaugural.org/watchCelebrating America
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.
Musical performances include John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and the Black Pumas. In addition to a duet by country artists Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw, the program will include DJ Cassidy's Pass The Mic, featuring Ozuna and Luis Fonsi.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 streamed on BidenInaugural.org/watch and other platforms. For accessible viewing options see bideninaugural.org/accessibility.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21st
10:00am: 59th Inauguration National Prayer Service
Washington National Cathedral
President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will join Interfaith Leaders for the 59th Inaugural National Prayer Service. Bishop William J. Barber II will deliver the Homily, and the program will include performances by Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle and The Clark Sisters.
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