Wreath Laying Ceremony: What Time & Channel Is the Inauguration Event On Today?

Members of the US Military Honor Guard stand in position shortly before Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier August 1, 2016 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the US Military Honor Guard stand in position shortly before a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Getty)

Today the inauguration celebration kicks off when President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. They will lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The event is private and not open to the public. Here are all the details you need to know about how to watch it.


DATE: Today, Thursday, January 19, 2017


WREATH LAYING CEREMONY TIME: The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday (although some places have posted 3 p.m., so you might want to tune in a little early just to be on the safe side.) The times given for how long it will last vary from 30 minutes to an hour.


TV CHANNEL: You can watch the wreath laying ceremony live on C-SPAN. To find out what channel C-SPAN is on for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel number C-SPAN is on in your area. C-SPAN currently has its coverage scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. Eastern.


LOCATION: Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia

This ceremony marks the first of a series of events that will mark the beginning of Trump’s presidency. On Saturday, the events for Trump’s inauguration will include a swearing-in ceremony, an inaugural parade, and several inaugural balls. Saturday will begin with a National Prayer Service led by Trump.