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What is Inauguration Day?
Inauguration Day is the day that the U.S. president is inaugurated—officially inducted into office. Inauguration Day marks the official beginning of the president’s term.
Since 1937, Inauguration Day has always been held on January 20 (or January 21, if January 20 falls on a Sunday). The inauguration ceremony has traditionally been held at the U.S. Capitol building.
Inauguration Day marks the day that the outgoing president transfers power to a new president or when the recently reelected president begins their second term.
Inauguration Day involves the president-elect being officially sworn in as president by taking the oath of office required by Article II, Section I of the Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
(The very similar oath taken by the vice president-elect was drafted by Congress—it’s not spelled out in the Constitution).
Example: During her inaugural address on Inauguration Day, the president-elect will lay out her plans for her first 100 days in office.
Where does Inauguration Day come from?
The first Inauguration Day occurred on April 30, 1789, when George Washington became the first president of the United States. The date of Inauguration Day was later set as March 4. In 1933, the 20th Amendment changed the date to January 20. This was done in order to shorten the time that an outgoing president (one not serving another term) would continue to hold office as a “lame duck.”
Since 1901, the planning and organization of the events of Inauguration Day have been the responsibility of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), which is composed of sitting members of Congress. Along with the swearing in of the president and vice president and the president’s inaugural address, Inauguration Day traditionally involves several other ceremonial events, such as a luncheon and the first official actions by the president, among other things.
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How is Inauguration Day used in real life?
Inauguration Day is associated with the pageantry and ceremoniousness involved with the swearing in of a new president.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) January 8, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day theme will be “America United,” his inaugural committee announced.
He will also pay a visit to Arlington National Cemetery with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. https://t.co/3VnxaHTX8Y
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2021
Happy Inauguration day! What a great day in American history. A day of change and opportunity. Enjoy the moments.
— Jeff Keni Pulver (@jeffpulver) January 20, 2009
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A newly elected president’s term begins when the results of the election are certified, and Inauguration Day is only held for ceremonial purposes.
How to use Inauguration Day in a sentence
Some floated gatherings on Inauguration Day or a few days before in state capitals, although others warned that protests on those days could be a trap.“This Is War”: Inside the Secret Chat Where Far-Right Extremists Devised Their Post-Capitol Plans|by Logan Jaffe and Jack Gillum|January 28, 2021|ProPublica
Then, only two weeks later, on Inauguration Day, it was the setting where our representatives stood and admired the stability and fortitude of the American system.
Police responded to numerous reports of suspicious packages or vehicles and three bomb threats, eight of those incidents on Inauguration Day.The fortress around downtown D.C. is being dismantled. But heightened security may remain.|Emily Davies, Michael Brice-Saddler, Peter Hermann|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
Bluder already questioned the Big Ten’s decision to have them flying in on Inauguration Day, but the presence of thousands of National Guards troops made her feel unsafe for the team.Maryland women’s game postponed after Iowa decides not to travel over inauguration concerns|Kareem Copeland|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
A Florida man wanted in the Capitol siege was arrested in Northern Virginia on Inauguration Day while headed back to the District, according to the FBI’s Washington Field Office and a law enforcement document.Man wanted on charges related to Capitol siege detained on way to D.C., authorities say|Justin Jouvenal|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
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Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.
The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence|Henry James
Edna did not reveal so much as all this to Madame Ratignolle that summer day when they sat with faces turned to the sea.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
The proceedings of the day commenced with divine service, performed by Unitarian and Baptist ministers.