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Library Displays

A guide of virtual and physical displays in the law library.

What is Inauguration Day?

The inauguration of the president of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term of the president of the United States. The inauguration takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term. Since 1937, it has taken place at noon EST on January 20, the first day of the new term, some 72 to 78 days after the presidential election, except for three occasions when January 20 fell on a Sunday. In those years, the presidential oath of office was administered on that day privately and then again in a public ceremony the next day, on Monday, January 21.

Inauguration Day January 20, 2021

Takes place on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Incoming President: Joe Biden

Incoming Vice President: Kamala Harris

Swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol at Noon

Pass in Review at the East Front of the U.S. Capitol

Presidential Escort from 15th street to the White House

Virtual Parade from cities around the country

Events will be streamed on multiple outlets

Past Inauguration Days

George Washington's Inauguration

First Inauguration: George Washington on April 30, 1789

Last Inauguration Day: Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017

History Channel Article

10 Unexpected Moments in Presidential Inauguration History 

History Channel article written by Sarah Pruitt about 10 unexpected events at past Inauguration Day events.