Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day History

Inauguration Day marks the beginning of the new four year term of the President of the United States.  The Inauguration of the US President garners national attention.  Held in Washington D.C., the Inauguration ceremony takes place on the western front of the US Capitol Building.  This day is a federally recognized holiday for all workers within the District of Columbia, and several counties in both Maryland and Virginia.  Inauguration Day falls on January 20th every fourth year, unless the 20th falls on a Sunday.  In this case, it is held on January 21st.

Inauguration Day Facts

  • The Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution changed the date from March 4th to January 20th.
  • The only President to take the oath of office without placing his hand upon a Bible was Theodore Roosevelt in January 1901. He was sworn in with an uplifted hand.
  • The US Constitution only mandates the person take an oath or affirmation before he/she can take office.
  • Various Presidents have added their own twist to the swearing in ceremony, including kissing the Bible, or adding the words so help me God in closing.

Inauguration Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the Inauguration in person by traveling to Washington D.C. the week of January 20th.
  • Watch the Inauguration happen live via television or internet broadcast.
  • Say a prayer for the new President.
  • Watch the Inauguration Parade as it proceeds towards the White House.
  • Host an inauguration party. Enjoy American snacks and celebrate the new president.

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