Obama Inauguration Schedule
January 20 – Inauguration Day Activities.
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Time Event 6:00 AM Gates open for ticketed attendees — if you have tickets, it will be wise to arrive very early as crowds will be huge and security heavy.
8:00 AM Preliminary festivities begin, including music by The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
9:30 AM If you have tickets to the Inauguration ceremony, you must have passed through security by this time. Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren Aretha Franklin will sing Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office Music composed by John Williams and performed by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill.
12 NOON As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which is this simple, 35-word, statement: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
12:05 President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, speaking to the nation and world, for the first time, as President of the United States, followed by: Poem: Elizabeth Alexander Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”
Inaugural Luncheon follows the president's 1st address and then at 1:30 PM (approx) Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. If you have tickets, you need to be in your seats by 1:00 PM. There is open seating along Pennsylvania Avenue. For information on how to get to the parade route, for people with and without tickets, see the Inaugural Committee's parade information page.
Evening There are many inaugural balls held around Washington, DC. Some will be hosted by President Obama, others are just parties.