The 57th Presidential Inauguration: Schedule of Events

From community service activities to glitzy balls, the weekend will be packed with presidential pomp. What are your plans for viewing the inauguration? Tell us in the comment section below.

The following is the updated schedule of events for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Note: All times are Eastern.


National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall
Location: The National Mall
Start Event: 9:30 AM ET

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

President Obama’s Official Swearing-In
Location: White House - Blue Room
Start Time: 11:55 AM ET

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

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.

Inaugural Parade
Location: Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
Estimated Start Time: 2:35 PM ET

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

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

Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls D and E
Doors open: 7:00 PM

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

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their spouses will attend a prayer service on Tuesday morning.

Nakia Sweat January 20, 2013 at 08:06 PM
May God always guide your heart, mind and words. Congratulations on 4 more years!
Leo Trich January 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Congratulations and a sincere thank you to President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership and representation of all that is good in America. The last 4 years were difficult and the next four could be too. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Wes Howell January 21, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Leadership is not for the feint of heart. The President has shown boldness and strength of will that should give us confidence that he is capable of leading us through the risks and uncertainties we will face in the next 4 years. Instead of criticizing his every move, we need to show our support and pray for him and our country.
Darren Campbell January 21, 2013 at 04:40 AM
may GOD be with us and our country over the next four years, the last four has shown that this great nation will not survive another four years in the direction it has gone only God can save us now. people read the Bible obama is taken us down the path of destruction just as God said the antichrist would do, may you all be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lois Eunice Morris January 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I am grateful and proud to have been one of the humble footsoldiers who worked so hard for the re-election of President Obama. It was a blessed miracle the 1st time and now a 2nd chance to help America to be a better place for all its people. I wish I could have been in D.C to watch some of the events I am wathing on T.V. Please stay strong on helping making mature rational decisions on keepig our children safe after Sandyhook. Doing the right thing is always hard and sometimes not popular when it is first happening. I think all Americans should see the movie Lincoln. Things were hard then and still are when you do what is right.


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