The Presidential Inaugural Committee has outlined a preliminary schedule of official inaugural events that underscores our commitment to holding an inaugural that is open, accessible, and brings us all together in a spirit of unity.
The inaugural celebration will begin in the city where our democracy was born and the promise of our country was realized. On Saturday, January 17th, President-elect Barack Obama will be holding an event in Philadelphia, before boarding a train bound for our nationâ€™s capital. He will be picking up Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family in Wilmington, DE, and then making a stop for an event in Baltimore, MD, before pulling into Washington, D.C. that afternoon.
The following events will take place in the nationâ€™s capital between Sunday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 21st:
Sunday, January 18thPresident-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public.
Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King, Jr. DayIn 1994, to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service. To honor Dr. Kingâ€™s legacy, the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families, joined by Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area.
That night, on the eve of the Inauguration, there will be a youth concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The concert will be free, but tickets are required.
Tuesday, January 20th – Inauguration DayThe President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:
â€¢ Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorusâ€¢ Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinsteinâ€¢ Invocation: Dr. Rick Warrenâ€¢ Musical Selection: Aretha Franklinâ€¢ Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevensâ€¢ Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)â€¢ President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincolnâ€™s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.â€¢ Inaugural Addressâ€¢ Poem: Elizabeth Alexanderâ€¢ Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Loweryâ€¢ The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band â€œSea Chantersâ€
After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitolâ€™s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.
Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official Inaugural Balls. More details about the Inaugural Balls will be released at a later date.
Wednesday, January 21stThe newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will participate in a prayer service.
The PIC will release further details about official inaugural events at a later date. You can find the latest information at www.pic2009.org.