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A guide to Inauguration Day


Inauguration Day is expected to begin quietly and end with dancing.

Most of us cannot sit in front of the TV all day. Here is a guide to the festivities:

  • Early morning - Private breakfast. The Trump family is expected to share a private breakfast with invited guests at Blair House, which is normally used as a guesthouse for foreign dignitaries.
  • 8:30AM- Private prayer service. The Trump family are scheduled to attend a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
  • 9:30 AM - Coffee date at the White House. The Trumps and the Obamas meet at the White House. Trump and Obama will then ride together to the Capitol.
  • 11:30 AM - Swearing-in ceremony. The official inauguration ceremony will happen on the west side of the Capitol building. There will be prayers, speeches and musical performances.
  • Noon - Oath of office and inaugural address. Chief Justice John G. Roberts will administer the oath of office. Trump will then deliver his speech.
  • After the Oath - The Obamas depart. The Obamas will depart from the East Front of the Capitol.
  • Next - Luncheon. Lunch in the Capitol Rotunda with government leaders and friends. Musical performances and more short speeches.
  • After lunch - Review of Armed Forces. Mr. Trump will review the American Armed Forces on the east side of Capitol.
  • 3:00 PM - Inaugural parade. Trump and Pence will lead the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Thousands of military personnel from each branch will participate.
  • 7:00 PM until ??? - Inaugural balls. There are two "official" inaugural balls and the Armed Services Ball. Trump is expected to speak and dance at all three.

How to watch the inauguration online

CBS News. Live coverage begins at 7 a.m.

ABC News. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m.

CNN. Live coverage begins at 6 a.m.

Fox News. Live coverage begins at 11 a.m.

NBC News. Live coverage begins at 10 a.m.


Inauguration Day


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