U.S. Presidential Inauguration


Inaugural Ceremony

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 their Oath of Office on January 20, before noon. Tickets are not required. After a morning worship service, the President will recite the Oath of Office before giving their Inaugural address, establishing their vision and goals for the nation as they prepare to begin their four-year term.


"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."

Presidential Oath of Office

Inauguration Parade

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 7:00 a.m. 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.

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