Tomorrow marks Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Here's everything you need to know about Inauguration Day, from how to watch to who will be there and what exactly to expect from the ceremony...
When It Happens
Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at 12 PM EST time on Friday, January 20. The ceremony, which starts at 11:30 AM, will will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Where to Watch
If you're in the D.C. area and want to watch the inauguration live, you should call your local representatives' offices to apply for tickets. The ceremony will also be broadcast on large video screens at the National Mall for anyone who isn't able to get tickets to watch on the West Lawn.
If you're watching from home, all the major television networks (like NBC, ABC and CBS) will be covering the inauguration. Cable networks like CNN and Fox will also be covering beginning at 5 AM EST. If you're looking to stream the inauguration, you also have options. YouTube will host a live stream of the ceremony and Twitter is teaming up with PBS NewsHour for a live stream of its own, too.
Who Will Perform
Expect performances from the Missouri State University Choir, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Jackie Evancho, in that order, during the inauguration ceremony. The Talladega Marching Tornadoes and The Rockettes will perform during the inaugural parade following the ceremony.
More artists will perform as part of the festivities, too. On Thursday, at a concert Trump's inaugural committee calls "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration," 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood will all perform. Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday was originally slated to perform as well, but she officially pulled out of the concert last weekend after facing backlash. The event will begin at 4 PM EST time and will be broadcast on most major networks.
Here's a list of all the celebrities who have refused to perform.
Who Will Attend
The Obamas will, of course, be in attendance for the transfer of power, but other major politicians from both parties will also be at Trump's inauguration. Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend, as will George W. and Laura Bush. In December, Jimmy Carter became the first former president to RSVP for Trump's inauguration. George H.W. and Barbara Bush will not attend the inauguration, however, after the former president's doctor advised against it for health reasons.
The inaugural committee has also confirmed that several faith leaders will attend the ceremony. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White will all give readings.
Trump's picks from the faith community are notable for several reasons; for one, he's invited more faith leaders to his inauguration than previous presidents have. He's also invited an eclectic group: while some of the faith leaders chosen to pray at the inauguration have ties to Trump, like Jackson and White, others have actually vocally opposed the President-elect in the past. Rev. Rodriguez, for example, spoke out against Trump's immigration policy, among other issues. Rev. Graham has experience speaking at Republican inauguration ceremonies, having prayed at the inauguration of George W. Bush.
Who Won't Attend
While there will definitely be some famous political faces in attendance, several well-known politicians are making a point of skipping the ceremony. Dozens of Democratic members of Congress (60 total) have announced that they won't attend the inauguration.
After Trump tweeted criticism of Rep. John Lewis, who said in an interview that he didn't see Trump as a "legitimate president," several members of Congress spoke out in solidarity with the Georgia Democrat.
Other representatives made their position on attending the inauguration known much sooner, like Rep. Katherine Clark from Massachusetts, who tweeted a thoughtful explanation of her decision to boycott the event earlier this month.
ABC News has a full list of members of Congress who are not attending the inauguration.
What's on the Program
The full schedule of events has been released, and here's what you can expect if you're attending or tuning in for the ceremony.
After the call to order, there will be readings by Cardinal Dolan, Rev. Rodriguez, and Pastor White. Next, the Missouri State University Choir will perform, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take the Oath of Office. Then, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform before Trump takes his Oath of Office and is sworn in as President of the United States. Trump will then deliver his inaugural address.
Then, after readings from Rabbi Hier, Rev. Graham and Bishop Jackson, Jackie Evancho will close the ceremony with the National Anthem.
What to Expect from Trump's Speech
Senior members of Trump's transition team have confirmed that the President-elect has written his own inaugural address. Earlier reports suggested that Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy advisor who wrote many of his campaign speeches, would pen the address. It's unclear how much input (if any) Miller will have in the final draft. And, since Trump is known for going off script and making off-the-cuff remarks in public, it's entirely possible that parts of the speech will be improvised, at least in part.
What You Need to Know About the Parade
After the inauguration ceremony, there will be an inaugural parade. The parade will begin at 3 PM EST time at the steps of the Capitol Building. It will proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
What You Need to Know About the Inaugural Balls
After the inauguration ceremony and parade come the inaugural balls. While there are typically dozens of balls, only those put on by the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) are considered official, with guaranteed attendance by the new President and First Lady. Trump will have two official balls, plus a third honoring veterans, service members, and first responders. Tickets to the official balls are distributed by the PIC on an invitation-only basis, but tickets to the unofficial balls can be purchased. Prices vary widely, from as little as $75 to as much as $1,000 for a ticket, depending on which ball you attend.
Why People Are Marching in Protest
Protest marches are planned not just in Washington, D.C., but worldwide during Inauguration weekend. The most notable is probably the Women's March on Washington, which aims to "send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights." The Women's March on Washington will take place Saturday, January 21 at 10 AM EST and will begin at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street, near the U.S. Capitol.
Other groups protesting this weekend include the ANSWER Coalition, an antiwar movement group marching on Friday, #Trump420, a group of legalized marijuana advocates who will hold a demonstration during Trump's inaugural address, and #DisruptJ20, a group who will start demonstrating Friday morning in an attempt to "shut down the inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations."
What It Means for D.C.
Inauguration weekend will feature a lot of events and celebrations, all of which impact residents of our nation's capital in a big way. Washington residents who want to carry on with their normal routines during the inauguration will have to plan ahead. Between the ceremony itself and the concerts, parades and other events, the inauguration effectively shuts down much of the city. Locals (and those visiting town for the inauguration or to participate in a march or protest) should make themselves aware of street closures and parking restrictions.
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