A Quick Guide to Inauguration Day
On January 20th, we will have a new president, and Inauguration Day is sure to be as entertaining as Donald J. Trump. Make sure you don’t miss this momentous event, which is guaranteed to have a lot of YouTube-worthy moments. The inauguration is planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
If you plan on taking the trip up to Washington, D.C. to see the inauguration in person, be aware of the understandably tight security presence. The event will start a little past noon on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Vice President-elect Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump will take the Oaths of Office before the inaugural address.
A grand parade along Pennsylvania Avenue will follow the inaugural address. Be aware that due to the contentious nature of this election, there will be protests held by various political groups and activists in general. A Bikers for Trump rally has also been granted permit, and could lead to intense situations between pro- and anti-Trump protesters despite the high-level security. So keep this in mind if you’re planning to attend the ceremony. In the evening, inaugural balls will be held by various organizations, such as the Republican Party and press committees.
The tickets are free since the inauguration is officially a public event paid for by taxpayers. However, you might be out of luck in snagging one since they are in high demand. You cannot watch the swearing-in-ceremony unless you have a ticket. Most Americans will be watching from their living room or smartphone and tablets. The event will be covered by almost all of the major news networks, so it will be hard for you to miss it, even if you wanted to.
The even will also be livestreamed on YouTube and probably Facebook as well. So if you’re stuck in traffic or waiting at the airport, you can watch the inauguration from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Whether you voted for the president-elect or not, this is an important ceremony for all Americans to witness and will be a historic event. Be sure to make some time in your day to watch it, even if not for the inauguration itself, but to see our cherished democracy in action.