WASHINGTON Washington, D.C. is buzzing as the city prepares for Inauguration Day. President-Elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office at noon on Friday, January 20th.
Trump says his Inauguration Day is going to be elegant. The day will start with a service at St. John's Episcopal Church. Then he will make his way to the White House for a meeting with President Obama.
Amid music and prayers, Trump will take the oath of office on the West front of the US Capitol.
Then he will enjoy the Inaugural luncheon inside Statuary Hall where he will dine on Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp, and Angus beef from a Virginia farm.
There will be speeches and gifts given at the luncheon. The tradition dates as far back as 1897.
Before the parade begins, the new president will review the troops. This is a long-standing military tradition.
The Parade route will take Trump from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to his new home the White house. There will be military units, bands, and even cavalry units - all the pomp and circumstance expected for the Inauguration of the next President of the United States.
Trump and the First Lady will end the big day on the dance floor. They’re set to attend 3 Inaugural balls around Washington.
Schedule of Events
Morning Worship Service
The tradition of attending a morning worship service on Inauguration Day began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
Procession to the Capitol
By tradition, the outgoing President accompanies the President-elect to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony.
Vice President's Swearing In Ceremony
Until 1937, the Vice President was sworn into office in the Senate chamber.
President's Swearing In Ceremony
There have been 56 formal Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, held at over 10 different locations.
Since George Washington in 1789, every President has delivered an Inaugural address, ranging from 8,445 words, to just 135.
Departure of Outgoing President
Following the inaugural ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, the outgoing President and First Lady leave the Capitol to begin their post-presidential lives.
Since 1953, the JCCIC has hosted a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol for the new President, Vice President, and guests.
While early parades were mostly military escorts, by 1841, floats, citizens groups, and bands became standard.
The first Inaugural ball in Washington was thrown for James and Dolley Madison in 1809, at Long's Hotel. There have been as many as 14 balls.