The Inauguration Schedule

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15:  Preparations at the reviewing stand continue for the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama January 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to be sworn in officially at the White House on January 20th, and again in a ceremonial event at the U.S. Capitol on January 21st. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Inauguration Schedule

Celebrating the inauguration of President Obama.

Published January 18, 2013

The following events will take place in Washington, D.C. between Saturday, Jan. 19 and Tuesday, Jan. 22. The start times listed detail when the event will begin.
National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall
Location: The National Mall
Start Event: 9:30 AM ET
Coverage: Open Press
The First and Second families are issuing a call to action for all Americans to join together in service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is encouraging all Americans to participate in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 1 – a tradition started by the Obamas at their first Inaugural four years ago.
As part of this Day of Service, the Inaugural Committee will host a Service Summit on the National Mall, and is planning service events in all 50 states. In addition to the Service Summit, on Saturday the President, Vice President, and their families will also participate in service events in Washington DC.  
Kids’ Inaugural Concert
Location: Washington Convention Center
Start Time: 6:00 PM ET
Coverage: Open Press
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will host the Kids’ Inaugural for America’s children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to military families. The concert continues a tradition they started in 2009 that builds on initiatives like Joining Forces by honoring and celebrating the service and sacrifice of our U.S. military as part of official Inaugural activities.
Vice President Biden’s Official Swearing-In
Location: Naval Observatory
Start Time: 8:15 AM ET
Coverage: White House Pooled Press
President Obama’s Official Swearing-In
Location: White House - Blue Room
Start Time: 11:55 AM ET
Coverage: White House Pooled Press
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, January 20, 2013.
Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony
Location: Capitol Hill
Start Time: 11:30 AM ET
Coverage: Open Press
On Monday, the President and Vice President will be sworn in the traditional ceremonial swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol that is open to the public. Note: Per tradition, the event is hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and media credentials for this event are issued by the Senate Media Galleries.
Inaugural Parade
Location: Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
Estimated Start Time: 2:35 PM ET 
Coverage: Open Press
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
Coverage: Pooled Press 
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
Coverage: Open Press  
Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls D and E
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Coverage: Pooled Press 
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
Coverage: Open Press
President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their spouses will attend a prayer service on Tuesday morning.


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(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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