Inauguration Q&A

Where can I watch the Inauguration online?

Please see this page of the Presidential Inaugural Committee for live streams of the Swearing-In Ceremony, Parade, and other inaugural events.

When is the 2013 U.S. Presidential Inauguration?

The U.S. Presidential Inauguration is typically held on January 20 after the presidential election, but because this date falls on a Sunday in 2013, the public inaugural ceremonies have been moved to Monday, January 21, 2013.  With that said, there was a private swearing-in ceremony for the president on January 20.

What events make up the Presidential Inauguration?

The inauguration of the U.S. President has changed over the centuries.  Today, the traditional activities that constitute Inauguration Day include morning worship, the trip to the Capitol, the swearing-in ceremonies of the Vice President and the President, the Inaugural Address, the exit of the outgoing president, the president’s luncheon, the Inaugural Parade, and an evening of inaugural balls.  For the history and background of these events, please see here.

How do I get tickets to the inaugural events?

Please see the page on Getting Tickets.

How many inaugural balls are scheduled for the Inauguration?

There is no limit to the number of balls that may be held, but only a handful of “official” balls are typically planned.  These are organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee and are different from the more numerous “unofficial” balls which are organized by state societies, private organizations, businesses, and other groups.  For the 2005 inauguration of George W. Bush, eight official balls were held, and for the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, ten were held.  In contrast, well over one hundred unofficial balls were held during the latter inauguration.

Who organizes official inaugural events?

Typically, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee organize major inaugural events. The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region also helps in organizing the Inaugural Parade.

Who is on the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies?

Members of both political parties from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are on the JCCIC.  For the 2013 inauguration, JCCIC committee members include Sen. Charles E. Schumer (Chairman), Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Eric Cantor, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Who organizes unofficial inaugural events?

Unofficial events are organized by a wide range of groups, such as businesses, foundations, state societies, and private parties.  Many of these events are open to the public.