Schedule For The 59th Presidential Inauguration


Official events for the 59th Presidential Inauguration will begin on Monday, January 20, 2021, with the National Day of Service and conclude on Thursday, January 21, 2021, with a National Prayer Service. In keeping with public health guidance, travel to any official event is discouraged. All are welcome to participate and view these events from home.

The times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 16
7:00 pm

America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers
The PIC will host a welcome event to celebrate America, reflect and honor our history, and highlight the incredible diversity of the nation. Featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, and remarks from some of the most popular leaders from across the country, the event will kick off five days of programming leading into the inauguration.

January 17
8:00 pm

We The People Concert
The PIC will host a first of its kind virtual inaugural concert, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing.

January 18
All Day

“United We Serve” National Day of Service
The PIC is partnering with local, state, and national organizations on service events for the National Day of Service on January 18, 2021, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Learn more at

8:00 pm

“United We Serve” A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service
The National Day of Service will culminate in an hour-long celebration that will feature a diverse array of entertainers, inspiring speakers, and stories celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to service.

January 19
5:30 pm

Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial
The PIC will host a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country. A Washington, D.C. ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET in a national moment of unity and remembrance.

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January 20

Inaugural Ceremonies
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in on the West front of the U.S. Capitol building. After they take their oaths of office, President-elect Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation.

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Pass in Review

Following the ceremony, the President-elect, First Lady, Vice President-elect, and Second Gentleman will participate in a Pass in Review on the East front with members of the military. Pass in Reviews is a long-standing military tradition that reflects the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.

Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery

The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Presidential Escort and Parade Across America

The President-elect will receive a Presidential Escort to the White House. This will be followed by a “Parade Across America,” which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country.

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Celebrating America Primetime Special
8:30 pm

Hosted by Tom Hanks, this 90-minute prime-time program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include remarks and performances that represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers.

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