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Presidential inaugural schedule of events

The second inaugural of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden begins on Jan. 19 and continues through Jan. 22.


“This Inauguration is about bringing Americans together to celebrate our shared purpose,” said David Cusack, executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “The schedule of official public events will allow Americans across the country to participate in the celebration.”

The schedule includes:

Jan. 19

9:30 a.m. EST.: National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall, where the first and second families will gather to issue a call to action for all Americans to join in service and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

6 p.m.: 
Kids’ Inaugural Concert at the Washington Convention Center
 with first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosting.

Jan. 20

11:55 a.m.: An official swearing-In for Biden and Obama at the White House, in the Blue Room. Inauguration Day is traditionally on Jan. 20, but inaugural ceremonies are not usually held on Sundays because courts and other government officers are not open. So the official swearing-in will take place Jan. 20 but the celebratory swearing-in is Jan. 21.

Jan. 21

11:30 a.m. — Ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill.

2:30 p.m. — The inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue, with the first and second families and 58 groups.

7 p.m. — The Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Jan. 22

10:30 a.m. — National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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