Presidential Inauguration 2013: Where, What and Who to Watch

Here's your guide to the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Presidential Inauguration takes place Monday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C. The week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring President Barack Obama for his second term.

The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future."

For those of us who will be watching from home, here's a look at what to expect.

2013 Inauguration Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 19 – National Day of Service. Americans across the country will participate in service projects in their communities to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Service Summit will be held on the National Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the service site to find an opportunity in or near the Lehigh Valley.

Sunday, Jan. 20

The President participated in a small private swearing-in ceremony.

Monday, Jan. 21 – Inauguration Day

11:30 a.m.: The oath of office will be administered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Following the oath of office, President Obama will give his inaugural address. Tickets are required, but not for those who wish to watch the swearing-in ceremony on large screens that will be set up along the National Mall.

Lehigh County Democrats planned a bus trip.

Are you attending? Share your photos.

The order of the program will be as follows:

  • Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band
  • Musical Selections: PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
  • Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams
  • Musical Selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir 
  • Oath of Office Administered to Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.: By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor
  • Musical Selection: James Taylor
  • Oath of Office Administered to President Barack H. Obama: By the Chief Justice of the United States, The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • Inaugural Address: The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama
  • Musical Selection: Kelly Clarkson
  • Poem: Richard Blanco
  • Benediction: To Be Announced
  • The National Anthem: Beyoncé    

2:30 p.m.: The Inauguration Parade will go down Pennsylvania Avenue, and will include both ticketed and nonticketed spots for watching.

Participating in the parade from Pennsylvania will be Boy Scout Troop 358, from the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown.

Evening: The Official Inaugural Ball is by invitation only, and will include performances by Alicia Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher.

There will also be a Commander in Chief's Ball for members of the Armed Forces, with performances by Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony. Watch the event live online at www.pentagonchannel.mil.

Lehigh County Democrats announced an Inaugural Ball in Allentown.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

The Inaugural National Prayer Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. The event is by invitation only, but will be webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org.

Where to Watch From Home

HuffPost Live will livestream the inauguration ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21.

NBC will provide full coverage of Inauguration Day starting at 10 a.m., as well as a variety of social media and online options for following the day's excitement. Check out their NBC News Inauguration Cheat Sheet.

CNN's coverage will start on Sunday with live reporting from Washington, D.C., with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. The coverage will continue all day Monday from the ceremony to the parade and into the night at the inaugural ball. 

Fox News will provide coverage of both the official and ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies on Sunday and Monday, plus coverage from the Inaugural Ball starting at 9 p.m. Check out their Inauguration Homepage, where they'll also be live streaming the event.

Additional information was provided by Clarendon Moms out of Clarendon, VA.

KimA January 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Thanks for all the amazing info, but I won't be watching....so so sad! The thought of that man for 4 more years depresses me to no end!
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Then you missed the best part of the celebration which, to me, was the rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir...It was worth the price of admission, if there was one...What a sore loser...At a time when the president is asking for cooperation from the citizens, it appears that you won't join the party...Soldiers, Democrat or Republican, straight or gay, go to war and die for you, but you can't admit that you lost the election...Pathetic.
Tony January 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Thank god this guy is in office. The thought of that idiot super big government Mitt, the flippy floppy flip flop of all time, and that VP big government Paul Ryan....the country would have been back to what Bush created (worst financial disaster of all time). Repubs better switch their plan (big government on social issues and more) and start moving with the times.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Do you mean...God!....? And really Tony....flippy floppy flip flop....lol..you are the LOSER! Sadly, I know all too well that the republicans will be proven right in time. You are the party of the ignorant.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Willy, one of my favorite parts was watching the face of the anti obesity campaign walking her fat self in the parade!
Tony January 22, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Ann...Lol....are you kidding me? Mitt was the biggest flip flop of all time (shhh its no secret, he lost by a landslide). No worries here. The republicans will never ever win an election (proven once again with an Obama win...*again) if they do not stop trying to pry into everyone' s lives and start being smaller government. Currently, the republican party is filled with hypocrites, hence even the polls from republicans are saying republicans in office better move with the times. but anyway, another great day for a great leader of our times.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Second favorite part...watching her hunched over her lunch chewing like a cow and being completely classless by rolling her eyes at John Boehner.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 01:51 AM
So Obama's reversing his view on gay marriage is him evolving, but if Mitt changes hs mind on something, he is a flip flopper. Obama changed his view to secure the GAY vote. Get over yourself Tony!
Tony January 22, 2013 at 02:12 AM
ann...are you serious? Mitt flipped on every single issue that one would ever run on as president. That is fact. I can provide plenty of videos and quotes from his own mouth. But let's not go there since he lost by a landslide and enjoy the economy and right direction the country is going in right now.
Ann January 22, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Tony, we are all sick of you offering your video proof. We all have our own video proof and evidence of our beliefs! Let me think....renewal of Patriot Act...use of drones...not closing Gitmo...flip flop flip flop! Right direction...really? Enjoy the economy...really? What's to enjoy? Btw...why are you still talking bout Mitt? Your man is in...let's watch as he continues to stall the economy. He is doing such a fabulous job!
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Whoa!..I can just imagine what would be coming from your nasty mouth if indeed she looked like Laura Bush or Adele or Megan McCain!!!Obviously, Michele is far from looking like these women.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Utter envy/jealousy because she is partaking on delicious meal concocted by bipartisan wives of politicians...Everyone was munching like "cows/pigs" including the Republican elites who were at dinner...That's how you eat...You chew so you won't choke on food, Ann.


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