Official Events for the 59th Presidential Inauguration
Below is the schedule of official events coordinated by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) for the 59th Presidential Inauguration to celebrate the historic inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In keeping with public health guidance, travel to any official event is discouraged. All are welcome to participate and view these events from home.
Times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
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Schedule of Events
Monday, January 18th
“United We Serve” National Day of Service, All Day
Thousands of volunteers across the country participated in the National Day of Service - an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on us to work together and support our communities.
If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, it’s not too late! So many volunteer organizations are in need right now, and our goal is to encourage everyone to find an organization they can volunteer with, not only on Monday, but throughout the year. Please join in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King by signing up to volunteer and spreading the word amongst your friends, family, and neighbors!
United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service, 8:00 PM ET
The day will culminate in an hour-long celebration that will feature 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. The event will stream live on Monday, January 18, from 8:00-9:00 PM ET at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Confirmed participants include Aloe Blacc, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Chesca, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rosario Dawson, Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Patrick Thomas, Diane Warren, Lynn Whitfield, Bebe Winans, and more.
Tuesday, January 19th
“I Do Solemnly Swear”: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration, 12 PM ET
Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education are partnering to present a program to help educators, students, and families learn about the inauguration of the President of the United States. This exclusive, no cost virtual learning experience provides students behind the scenes access to this historic event through a series of interviews with inaugural experts and historians, and Dr. Biden will provide a greeting to students as it begins. The program will premiere Tuesday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m. EST, exclusively Streamed at https://discoveryeducation.com and will air the same week on Discovery Family and in Spanish on Discovery Familia.
Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial, 5:30 PM ET
PIC will host a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 as part of inaugural activities. A Washington, D.C. ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and PIC is inviting cities, towns, tribes, and faith institutions around the country to join in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET, in a national moment of unity and remembrance. It will be the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool to memorialize American lives lost. The event will stream live on Tuesday, January 19, from 5:30-6:30 PM ET at Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
You can get involved by:
- 1. Encouraging local elected officials to light up city buildings in the color LIGHT AMBER
- 2. Asking your clergy or non-profit agencies to ring bells.
- 3. Lighting a candle in your window on January 19 at 5:30 p.m. local time to join in the countrywide moment of remembrance.
Wednesday, January 20th
Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans, 10 AM ET - 12:30 PM ET
The PIC will host a first-ever curated livestream for young Americans before and during the Inaugural Ceremonies, when President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are sworn in as the President and Vice President of the United States. 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.
It can be watched on Wednesday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/youth and PIC’s YouTube channel; broadcasted by Nickelodeon and Discovery Education and steamed via their websites, apps, and social media platforms; steamed online by PBS NewsHour, Amazon Prime Video, and on ABC Owned Television Stations’ 32 connected TV Apps across Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku; and Spanish-language broadcast to air on Discovery Familia later on January 20.
Swearing In Ceremony and Inaugural Address
The 59th Inaugural Ceremonies will begin broadcasting at 10:00 AM ET. At noon, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol. 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. Streamed at https://BidenInaaugural.org/watch and expected to be carried live on all major networks and platforms. Streamed live on PIC social media channels, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch, and Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and DIRECTV (Channel 201).
Pass In Review
After the official swearing-in ceremony on the West front of the U.S. Capitol, the President-elect, Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff 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.Every branch of the military will be represented in this event. Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review at the U.S. Capitol following the Inaugural ceremonies. 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. Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
Presidential Escort and Parade Across America
President-elect Biden will receive a Presidential Escort from 15th Street to the White House with every branch of the military will be represented in the escort, including The U.S. 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.” This will be followed by a virtual “Parade Across America,” which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country. Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and PIC’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
“Celebrating America” Primetime Special, 8:30 PM ET
This will be the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united. This night will be hosted by Tom Hanks on January 20th, from 8:30 PM -10:30 PM ET and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild.
Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi will perform from iconic locations across the country, with additional performances to be announced.
Streamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch; PIC social media channels, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch; and Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and DIRECTV (Channel 201).
Resources for Educators & Youth
The PIC has developed a coloring book that families can download at BidenInaugural.org/coloring book.
Discovery’s “I Do Solemnly Swear” program is accompanied by learning resources and family activities created by Discovery Education’s expert Curriculum Team, which are available at the event homepage https://www.discoveryeducation.com/learn/inauguration/.
PBS has curated an educational collection of classroom-ready resources about U.S. presidential inaugurations - past and present - on PBS Learning Media, an online destination that serves more than 1.6 million educators each month with free, high-quality educational resources. PBS’s Presidential Inaugurations Collection provides educators with interdisciplinary resources, media clips, and primary source materials - all with educator support materials - to help students in grades 4-12 learn about the importance of presidential inaugurations in the United States.
For other ways to get involved, the public should visit the PIC’s ‘Get involved’ web page to learn more and stay abreast of updates!