Inauguration 2021: How Biden's Team Plans to Celebrate Amid Covid-19

See how Biden's Inauguration Day is set to play out

Tal Garner
Created by Tal Garner
On Dec 29, 2020

Get ready... Inauguration Day is January 20th, 2021 and that is soon. But with all that's been going on this year, how exactly is it going to play out? You may be wondering if people will be allowed to be at the inauguration, whether there'll be a parade, how DC prepares for the big day, and the specifics that make this inauguration different from those we've seen in the past. Well luckily we've been doing lots of research and we're here to clear things up for ya, so keep reading for all the key info!

The 46th President and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris of the US will be sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Former Vice President and current President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20th, 2021 at noon in Washington, DC. Historically, opening remarks are scheduled for around 11:30 EST.

Once he says these words...
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."...Mr Biden will take his place as the 46th president and the inauguration will be complete.

The transfer of power is typically quite quick that day, as he moves into the White House just a few hours later, once the celebrates have settled down. The White House will then be his home for the next four years.

As we focus on President-elect Joe Biden, let's not forget that he has made it very clear that he's not alone in this run. His VP of choice, Kamala Harris, will help him with every decision and support him in his role of President. On January 20th at noon, the two are ready, together, to take their oaths of office at the US Capital.

Tickets will be very limited.

If you're interested in atteding the innaugural ceremonies, you'll need to get in contact with your local representatives first and foremost.

But with Covid-19 infections surging across the US, attendance at the inauguration will look a little different than what we're used to. Only around 1,000 tickets will be up for grabs, as opposed to the typical 200,000 that have been available in the past. And you may want to be close to the top representatives, as senators and members of Congress are the ones who choose who gets to come. Each has a set number of tickets they're allowed to distribute. This year in particular it amounts to each lawmaker, plus one guest.

The inauguration committee is prepared to provide a great virtual ceremony.

The Biden team strongly discourages anyone from travelling to Washington to attend the event. While in normal circumstances DC would see hundreds of thousands (or an estimated two million the year President Obama was sworn in) of inauguration guests swarming the city, there's a big fear of spreading the virus further this year. Per Biden's requests, we suggest staying home and watching it all online or on TV.

Fun Fact: The committee has hired what it called "seasoned production experts" to work on the program for those watching from home. These experts include individuals who worked on the 2020 Democratic National Convention. In addition to that virtual event, the team also has experience in planning Super Bowl halftime shows and the Tony Awards - so we're bound to have a great experience watching the inauguration from the comfort of our living rooms.

Will you be watching Biden's inauguration ceremony?

Calculating results