Though it is, perhaps, the most unique and unusually-orchestrated presidential inauguration, it is proving itself to be one of the most exciting. For the first time in modern history, inaugural festivities closed to the public will be open to all with the use of technology - television and live-streaming. Events marked TBD reflect an uncertainty of how long prior events will take place.
Here is what to watch, when and how:
Wednesday, January 20
10 AM EST/9 AM CST - 12:30 PM EST/11:30 AM CST
Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) will host a first-ever curated livestream for young Americans before and during the Inaugural Ceremonies. The livestream, hosted by award winning entertainer and advocate Keke Palmer, will feature a special message from Dr. Jill Biden; commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar; a segment on presidential pets produced by Nickelodeon; excerpts of student voices from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs “We the Young People” programming; trivia questions, including some asked by Doug Emhoff; segments produced by the Library of Congress; and other special features.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in on the West front of the U.S. Capitol building. After they take their oaths of office, President-elect Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation.
Pass in Review
Following the ceremony, the President-elect, First Lady, Vice President-elect, and Second Gentleman will participate in a Pass in Review on the East front with members of the military. Pass in Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.
Streamed at BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
Wreath Laying at 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.
Presidential Escort and Virtual Parade Across America
The President-elect will receive a Presidential Escort to the White House. This 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.
8:30 PM EST/7:30 PM EST
Celebrating America Primetime Special
Hosted by Tom Hanks, this 90-minute prime-time program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include remarks and performances that represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers. Celebrating America will feature Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Kerry Washington.
If you missed previous events, you can watch them via the videos below.
“United We Serve” A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service
The National Day of Service culminated in an hour-long celebration that featured a diverse array of entertainers, inspiring speakers, and stories celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to service.
I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration
Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education will provided a virtual learning experience to educators, students, and families. The program featured a greeting to students from Dr. Biden and provided behind the scenes access to this historic event through a series of interviews with inaugural experts and historians. Additional learning resources are available at discoveryeducation.com/learn/inauguration/.
Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial
This event was memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country. The Washington, D.C. ceremony featured a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
If you are hosting a virtual watch party, the PIC is offering a Digital Swag Bag to make your event fun and engaging. The swag bag includes coloring pages, a 46-song playlist curated by DJ D-Nice and Raedio (Issa Rae’s company).