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For more information about the Inauguration, its history, and related ceremonies and celebrations, please visit the resources listed below.
Since 1901, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has been responsible for the planning the swearing-in ceremonies and luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.
The 20th Amendment states that the President must take his Oath of Office on January 20, before noon. However, because January 20, 2013 is a Sunday, a private ceremony will be held on the proper date and a public ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21. Tickets are not required.
After a morning worship service, the President will recite the Oath of Office before giving his Inaugural address, establishing his vision and goals for the nation as he prepares to begin his four-year term.
Presidential Oath of Office:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The Presidential Inauguration parade is an American tradition honoring the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. The parade dates back to April 30, 1789, when George Washington took the oath of office. He traveled from his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, to New York City, which was considered the capital of the United States at that time.
The event traditionally includes a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands, and floats. The Parade is open to the public and will be televised.
The parade follows a 1.5 mile route down Pennsylvania Avenue. Viewing stands and bleachers have extended from 3rd to 17th streets in the past. The public will not be allowed to begin lining the parade route until after 7:00AM. Tickets are not required.
Due to the amount of individuals estimated to attend the parade and ceremony, strict security measures are to be expected and many roads will be closed. Parking will be limited and many organizations recommend using the Metro system to travel to the day’s events.
Only one president-elect is known to have walked to and from his Inauguration. To find this notable character, research what the Library of Congress has discovered about Inaugural events and precedents.
Do you know what first happened with William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton's Inauguration in 1997? To find out, visit the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies' list of facts and firsts.