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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, amid the promise of protests across Washington, D.C. Here's the essential guide to the events surrounding the 58th inaugural ceremony.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Wreath laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery:
- Make America Great Again! welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial:
This event will include an appearance by President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Friday, Jan. 20
- Inaugural swearing-in at the west front of the U.S. Capitol
- Inaugural parade at Pennsylvania Avenue: After the swearing-in ceremony, Trump, Pence and their families will take part in a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
- Inaugural balls
Saturday, Jan 21
- National prayer service at Washington's National Cathedral:
More information on the interfaith service will soon become available on the official inauguration website.
How to get tickets?
Members of congress hold swearing-in tickets, which will be available to their constituencies. Tickets for the parade, balls and other events are available through the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Other details to consider
Driving is not recommended. There will be street closures, so visitors are encouraged to ride the metro, bike or walk. The metro opens at 4 a.m., but keep in mind that metro station closures at Smithsonian, Federal Triangle and Mt. Vernon Convention center are subject to change.
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.. The inauguration will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and of Mike Pence as Vice President. The presidential oath of office will be administered to Trump by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Date: January 20, 2017
Location United States Capitol - Washington, D.C.
Donald John Trump
45th President of the United States
— Assuming office
John Glover Roberts, Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oath
Michael Richard Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
— Administering oath
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Trump inauguration schedule 2017: Date, plans and more
The schedule of events is set to commence on January 19 with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery attended by the President-elect and Vice President-elect. A concert titled “Make America Great! Welcome Celebration” will be held at Lincoln Memorial afterwards. The following day will be the inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol, followed by the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls later on. A National Prayer Service will be held on January 21 at the Washington National Cathedral. Donald Trump's inaugural address will be written by Stephen Miller, who was the speechwriter of most of his campaign speeches. The new President and Vice President will also attend several dinners honoring them, and there will be a ball honoring the Armed Forces and first responders
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