Inauguration Day Schedule

The schedule:

Swearing-In Ceremony
When and Where: 11:30AM ET (8:30 PST) on the west front of the U.S. Capitol,
Theme: "Renewing America's Promise"; The full program will include:
- Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
- Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Sen. Dianne Feinstein
- Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
- Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
- Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens
- Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
- President-elect Barack Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
- Inaugural Address
- Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
- Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
- The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"
Access: Tickets needed for Capitol grounds; National Mall open to the public

56th Inaugural Parade
When and Where: No official start time, but traditionally begins around 2:30PM; The parade will go down Pennsylvania Ave. from the Capitol to the White House
Participants: Armed Forces, NASA, Special Olympics athletes, The Azalea Trail Maids, Suurimmaanitchuat Eskimo Dance Group, drummers of the Bonnie Brae Knights, the Lawn Rangers and others groups. Get more details

10 Official Inaugural Balls
When: Doors open at 6PM ET
- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball: Hosted by Barack Obama, this is the premier event of the night, with musical performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and more; D.C. residents invited; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Youth Inaugural Ball: Young Americans aged 18-35; Washington Hilton
- Obama Home States Inaugural Ball: Ill. and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Biden Home States Inaugural Ball: Del. and Penn. invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Eastern Inaugural Ball: Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt., Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands invited guests; Union Station
- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball: Md., Va., D.C., N.Y., N.J., W.Va., Dems Abroad, and invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Midwest Inaugural Ball: Kan., Ind., Iowa, Mich., Minn., N.D., Neb., Ohio, S.D., Wisc., and Mo. invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Southern Inaugural Ball: Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ky., La., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn., and Texas invited guests; National Guard Armory
- Western Inaugural Ball: Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo., Ariz., Colo., Nev., N.M., Utah, Okla., Guam/American Samoa invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball: Enlisted active duty and reserve military; National Building Museum


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