Schedule of Events for the 57th Presidential Inaugural

From community service activities to glitzy balls, the weekend will be packed with presidential pomp. What are your plans for viewing the inauguration? Tell us in the comment section below.

The following is the updated schedule of events for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Note: All times are Eastern.


Vice President Biden’s Official Swearing-In
Location: Naval Observatory
Start Time: 8:15 AM ET

President Obama’s Official Swearing-In
Location: White House - Blue Room
Start Time: 11:55 AM ET

Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama and Vice President Biden will officially be sworn-in on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.


Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony
Location: Capitol Hill
Start Time: 11:30 AM ET

On Monday, the President and Vice President will be sworn in at the traditional ceremonial swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol that is open to the public.

Inaugural Parade
Location: Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
Estimated Start Time: 2:35 PM ET

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will participate in the Inaugural Parade following the public swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. This year’s parade features participants, floats and vehicles representing more than 58 groups.

The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center
Doors open: 6:00 PM

As he did at his first Inauguration in 2009, President Obama will host the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball to honor America’s brave service members and their families, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005. Active duty and reserve military, Medal of Honor recipients, and wounded warriors and their spouses will attend. Troops from around the world will also be able to join the celebration virtually.

The Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B and C
Doors open: 6:30 PM
Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls D and E
Doors open: 7:00 PM

Americans across the country are invited to share in the celebration at The Inaugural Ball, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every hall in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.


National Prayer Service
Location: Washington National Cathedral
Start Time: 10:30 AM ET

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their spouses will attend a prayer service on Tuesday morning.

Elaine January 20, 2013 at 02:06 PM
With all of the crisis and financial woes our country and its people are experiencing, i think it's disgusting that our president would allow such brazen showiness.. Take the oath of office and be done with it. Our tax dollars could be better spent.
Judith Cappiello January 20, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I totally agree! The Parades and Parties are a waste of money I feel it's a huge insult to the American People! People who are jobless, people not receiving proper medical care and starving children right here in The USA!!!
Pete Zuppardi January 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Your voices of complaint are useless. The country has been firmly taken over by the "takers." You hard-working, tax-paying producers be damned! The "takers" have spoken! And they are going to PARTY!


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