Panama City, FL –
WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday for the 59th presidential inauguration in U.S. history.
This year’s inaugural theme “America United” aims to restore “the soul of America”, bring the country together and create “a path to a better future”.
While Americans were discouraged from traveling to the nation’s capital due to threats of possible violence following the deadly Capitol riots earlier this month, the presidential inauguration committee offered many ways for citizens to celebrate. from their homes before and after the swearing-in ceremony.
With a handful of virtual events, Americans are encouraged to honor the tradition with “a wide range of inspiring speakers and community leaders from across the country,” the committee said.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump left the White House for the last time as president.
He hosted a departure ceremony Wednesday morning at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland, before heading to Florida, where he will begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. The farewell event included a red carpet, a military band and a 21-gun salute.
Full schedule for the opening day:
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST: Our White House: an inaugural celebration for young Americans
The committee is hosting a live broadcast for young Americans before and during the inaugural ceremonies. Artist and lawyer Keke Palmer is hosting the event, and it will feature a special message from Dr. Jill Biden as well as commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar. It also includes segments produced by Nickelodeon and the Library of Congress, student voice clips from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs’ “We The Young” programming, and trivia questions.
TBD: Inaugural ceremonies
Biden and Harris will be sworn in at the inaugural ceremony and deliver their inaugural address. The event will take place on the west facade of the US Capitol building, with health and safety protocols in place to protect public health. Participation in person is limited to Congress. The National Park Service and the Secret Service closed the National Mall from last Friday to Thursday, and access to the Washington Monument was closed for two weeks. Washington Monument closed due to threats to disrupt Biden’s inauguration
After the ceremony, Biden and Harris will participate in a Pass in Review on the Eastern Front with the military. It is a long military tradition which reflects the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.
TBD: Wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery
Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff are due to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, as well as President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
To be determined: Presidential escort
Joe Biden will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House. All branches of the military will be represented, including the US Army Marching Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard and Commander-in-Chief’s Guard and the Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd US Infantry “The Old Guard “. Trump to leave Washington the morning of Biden’s inauguration
TBD: Virtual parade across America
A televised “Parade Across America” will feature “diverse and vibrant performances in communities across the country,” the committee said.
8:30 p.m. EST: Primetime America Celebration Special
Actor Tom Hanks hosts a 90-minute special featuring remarks by Biden and Harris, as well as performances the inaugural committee described as representing “the rich diversity and vast talent that America” has to offer. . “Celebrating America” will include appearances by Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Kerry Washington.
The event will be televised live on NewsNationNow.com.
For more information on the 2021 inaugural schedule, visit the committee’s website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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