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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Presidential Inauguration 2017: Dates, Events, DC Preparations, Protests

The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will bring large crowds to D.C. for events supporting and opposing the new administration.

Presidential Inauguration 2017: Dates, Events, DC Preparations, Protests
WASHINGTON, DC — Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next president of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20. Events around the swearing in will bring 800,000 guests — and protesters — to D.C. for days before and after the actual ceremony.
A New York businessman, Trump was elected in November to be the 45th U.S. president. He defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will be attending the swearing-in ceremony as a former first lady. The bruising general election contest split the country. It's not surprising that there will be more high-profile protests around the inauguration than we have seen in past election cycles.
The surge of guests will cause big delays on highways and public transportation while getting around D.C. More than 3,000 law enforcement officers from around the country will assist with security during the inauguration events.
The Official Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 19
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery
  • Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, Lincoln Memorial. Ticket required for special viewing areas. No ticket required for general public viewing areas.
Friday, Jan. 20
  • Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony, US Capitol
  • Inaugural Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue. Ticket required for special viewing areas. No ticket required for general public viewing areas.
  • Inaugural Balls. Ticket required – limited availability.
Saturday, Jan. 21
  • National Prayer Service, Washington National Cathedral
Swearing-In Ceremony
National faith leaders will be taking part in the inauguration, including Detroit's Bishop Wayne T. Johnson, who hosted Trump at his Great Faith Ministries International in September. Other faith leaders taking part include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York; the Rev. Franklin Graham; Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance; and more.
Pennsylvania's Jacki Evancho, a sixteen-year-old finalist on "America's Got Talent," will perform the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony.
Attendees at the swearing-in ceremony will include former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But there have been some announced inauguration boycotts, including Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. "I do not feel that I can contribute to the normalization of the President-elect's divisive rhetoric by participating in the inauguration," she wrote in a statement.


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