Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities continue on Friday, January 20 with a swearing-in ceremony, inaugural balls, and other events. There are many activities and events happening both before and after he becomes the 45th President of the United States today. We have a complete list of what’s going to happen, both official events and unofficial events.
Official Inauguration Events on Friday, January 20
Morning Worship & Coffee
Trump will stay at Blair House, per tradition. Prior to the swearing-in ceremony, Trump will attend a church service at St. John’s Church. He will also have coffee with President Barack Obama, as is tradition on inauguration day.
Swearing-In Ceremony: Begins 9:30 a.m. Eastern (Official Swearing-In at Noon)
The swearing-in ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern with musical guests performing (but security screening gates open starting at 6 a.m.) Opening remarks begin at 11:30 a.m. Trump’s actual swearing in won’t happen until noon, and then he will deliver his inaugural address. The event will take place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will swear Trump in. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Jackie Evancho will perform at the ceremony.
Six clergy members will give readings during the ceremony: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White.
General admission for areas west of Fourth Street NW don’t require tickets. But tickets will be needed for special viewing areas within about a half-mile of the event. You can see a program for the event here.
Here’s exactly what’s going to happen during the swearing-in ceremony:
- Prelude: “The President’s Own” – United States Marine Band
- Call to Order: The Honorable Roy Blunt
- Readings & Invocation: His Eminence Timothy Michael, Cardinal Dolan, Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Pastor Paula White-Cain
- Musical Selection: Missouri State University Chorale
- The Vice Presidential Oath of Office (Administered by Justice Thomas)
- Musical Selection: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- The Presidential Oath of Office (Administered by The Chief Justice of the United States)
- Inaugural Address: President Donald Trump
- Readings & Benediction: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rev. Franklin Graham, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson
- The National Anthem: Jackie Evancho
Departing of the Outgoing President
After the swearing-in ceremony, President Barack Obama and his family will depart the Capitol. This usually happens with little ceremony. Sometimes, the newly sworn-in President and Vice President escort the outgoing President and Vice President out of the Capitol, while the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies stand on the stairs of Capitol.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Trump will attend an Inaugural Luncheon at the Statuary Hall. This luncheon is hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1897, although it didn’t begin in its current form until 1953.
Inaugural Parade: 3 p.m. Eastern
The Inaugural Parade will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern and last until 5 p.m. It will start at the steps of the Capitol Building and proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The parade will feature six national groups and 34 local groups, including Talladega College’s marching band and the Rockettes, Newsweek reported. Expect about 8,000 performers in the parade. You can view the parade route here.
Here’s a map of the Inaugural Parade route:
Inaugural Balls: 7 p.m. Eastern
Beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, a number of inaugural balls will take place on Friday night, lasting until around 11 p.m. Eastern. Three of these are official inaugural balls that Trump will be attending: a Salute to Our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum, and two balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: the Liberty Ball and the Freedom Ball.
Unofficial Inauguration Events & Inaugural Balls on Friday, January 20
On Friday night, a number of unofficial Inaugural balls will also be taking place. Trump won’t be attending these, but they will still be a lot of fun. Many of these were shared courtesy of Donald Trump’s supporters on Reddit. If you see anything here that we missed, please let us know in the comments below. (All times are Eastern.) A few of the inaugural balls still have tickets available, but not many.
8:00 a.m. – America’s All Stars Prayer Breakfast (Tickets cost $150 — Sold Out)
8:00 a.m. – Politico Inauguration Hub doors open. The W Hotel, 515 15th Street NW (Free RSVP).
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Newseum Inauguration Experience (Sold Out)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hillsdale College, Kirby Center – Open House (FREE)
5:30 PM – Veterans Inaugural Ball, American Legion, Renaissance, DC
7:00 p.m. – Native Nations Ball, National Museum of the American Indian (Deadline for getting tickets was Jan. 19)
7:00 p.m. – Gay DeploraBall, Bolger Center, Potomac, MD (Limited tickets still available)
7:00 p.m. – Veterans Inaugural, Hay-Adams, DC (Sold out)
8:00 p.m. – Dardanella: Great Gatsby Ball, National Portrait Gallery, DC
9:00 p.m. – Great American Ball Cheaper admission at 11 p.m.