The Inauguration

Natalie Bohorquez

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Joe Biden, a former vice president and US senator, is set to be inaugurated as 46th President of the United States now that Congress has certified the electoral vote counts. 

Despite everything that is going on, the Inauguration for Joe Biden will be on January 20. Opening remarks are traditionally scheduled around 11:30 EST. The ceremony will take place in the US Capitol. There will be Pre-inauguration festivities that will begin at 9:30 a.m EST. A congressional committee on Inauguration ceremonies said the committee was “working on enhanced opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to the traditional televised national broadcast.” So if you would like to watch the swearing-in, which will be around midday, you won’t be able to miss it as all Inauguration events will be broadcasted live and on many cable networks. If you do not have cable, there is no need to worry because it will be live on YouTube (White House YouTube channel) and streamed through Roku, Apple TV, and FireTV. 

Presidential Inaugurations typically involve immense security. However, now more than ever, as rioters stormed the capital on January 5. When Biden is sworn in, DC will continue to be under a state of emergency. The District of Columbia National Guard will remain mobilized for the next 30 days and assist Capital police on Inauguration day. Biden told reporters he is “not concerned about my safety, security, or the Inauguration.” Biden’s Inauguration committee at the capital during the occurrence said she hoped for “major changes to be made.” 

An estimated two million people came when 44th President Obama was sworn in on his first term. Before COVID, 200,000 tickets were sold for attending the official ceremony, now only around 1,000 will be available. This year, the celebration size will be “minimal.” Biden’s team asks Americans to avoid traveling to the capital. 

It is common for outgoing presidents to watch the next president is sworn-in. This year there have been several speculations that Trump may boycott Biden’s swearing-in; he refuses to say if he will make an appearance. More than 68 thousand people have said they will show their support for Trump on Facebook, as some of his supporters plan to step further to plan a “second inauguration” on the same date and time.  

Much more information is yet to be announced. Many social media platforms will update you on many new adjustments.