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Joe Biden Inauguration Day: Here is the schedule of events

  • January 20, 2021

Trump has said he is not attending the ceremony. 

Instead, Trump will leave the White House for Florida shortly before Biden’s inauguration. Trump will hold a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, the usual jumping-off point for Air Force One, in Maryland just outside Washington before his departure from the capital city, sources said.

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8:45 a.m.: Biden, Harris and their spouses will attend mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. They will be joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

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Noon, Biden sworn in as president: Biden will be sworn in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building becoming the 46th president of the United States, around noon. 

Following tradition Chief Justice John Roberts will lead Biden in the oath of office. He will take the oath using his 127-year-old, 5-inch-thick family Bible.

After Harris and Biden take their oaths of office, Biden will deliver an inaugural address to layout “his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation,” according to the inaugural team. 

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3:15 p.m.: Biden will then receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House.

The escort will include representatives of every branch of the military, 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.”

“Participants will be socially distanced and PIC will have vigorous health and safety protocols in place,” according to Matt Hill, a spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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The event will celebrate the nation’s heroes and highlight the diversity, heritage and resilience of the country, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Monday.

5:15 p.m.: Biden will sign executive orders and “other presidential actions” in the Oval Office.

8:30 PM, “Celebrating America” Primetime Special: The 90-minute live special will feature remarks from Biden and Harris, as well as tributes to COVID-19 first responders. 

This event will replace the usual inaugural balls, which were scrapped this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Vice President Joe Biden and second lady Jill Biden dance at the Inaugural Ball,  Jan. 21, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center. She wore a silky blue Vera Wang gown with a draped front and back and a black belt at the waist.

Actor Tom Hanks, who became the first major celebrity to announce he contracted the novel coronavirus last March, will host the special.

The already-announced performers include Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi, Musician/actor Justin Timberlake, Pop singer Demi Lovato and Singer-songwriter Ant Clemons, among others.

The inaugural committee named some additional artists who will perform in the television special, which include the Foo Fighters, John Legend, and Bruce Springsteen.

“Celebrating America” special will air live at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC. Additionally, it will be streamed live on the PIC’s social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch; and will be available on Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and ATT DirecTV and U-verse.

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The ceremony will also include building lightings and church bells ringing across Washington, D.C., and the committee has called on Americans across the country to join in as part of “a national moment of unity and remembrance.”

“In the midst of a pandemic — when so many Americans are grieving the loss of family, friends, and neighbors — it is important that we honor those who have died, reflect on what has been one of the more challenging periods in the nation’s history, and renew our commitment to coming together to end the pandemic and rebuild our nation,”  Tobar said.

The virus has killed around 400,000 people nationwide.

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