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Schedule for Joe Biden inauguration and first actions in office as president
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Indianz.Com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The day is here. Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

But unlike inaugurations past, in which Indian Country eagerly participated, very few will be able to witness the event in person. The threat of violence following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 6 has resulted in unprecedented closures in the nation’s capital.

Yet it will still be a busy day for Biden and Kamala Harris, who will be sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol at noon.

Before Biden and Harris take their oaths of office, they will attend a service in the morning at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in the upper northwest part of Washington, D.C. They will travel to the U.S. Capitol from the church.

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Following the swearing-in, which can be viewed on YouTube, Biden and Harris will take part in a socially-distanced pass in review with members of the military before heading to Arlington National Cemetery in neighboring Virginia, where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

After Biden and Harris return to D.C. following the Arlington event, they will receive an escort to the White House. Once inside, the new president will take some of his first actions, which are slated to include an executive order that puts an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline, a controversial oil project that Indian Country opposes.

The day concludes with an inaugural program that takes place of the balls that normally would have been held, were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of violence. Biden and his spouse, Dr. Jill Biden, the incoming First Lady, are slated to make an appearance from the White House at the end of the evening.

Here is a schedule of events for January 20, as provided by the Biden-Harris presidential transition team. All times noted are Eastern.

8:45 AM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, DR. JILL BIDEN, THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT, and MR. DOUG EMHOFF attend church service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Where: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
Details: On Wednesday, January 20, ahead of the Swearing-In Ceremony, President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and their families will attend Mass at The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. They will be joined by bipartisan congressional leaders. Father Kevin O’Brien will deliver the homily. Violinist Patricia Treacy, soprano Renée Fleming and the St. Augustine Gospel Choir will perform.

A pre-inaugural morning service is traditional before the swearing-in; presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have attended services the morning of their inaugurations.

The Cathedral church and parish was established in 1840 and is named for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants. The church is the seat or cathedral of the Archbishop of Washington. Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson is the rector of St. Matthew’s.

Participants:

Dr. Biden

Mr. Emhoff

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Senator and JCCIC Chair Amy Klobuchar

Majority Leader and JCCIC Chair Steny Hoyer

St. Augustine Choir

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. , President, Santa Clara University

Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson

Violinist Patricia Treacy

Soprano Renée Fleming

Paul Hardy, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Organist

Margaret Brown, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Cantor


10:30 AM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, DR. BIDEN, THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT, and MR. EMHOFF arrive United States Capitol
Where: East front of the United States Capitol


11:15 AM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, DR. BIDEN, THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT, and MR. EMHOFF participate in swearing-in ceremony
Where: West front of the United States Capitol


12:00 PM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT and THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT are sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and 49th Vice President of the United States, and THE PRESIDENT delivers an inaugural address
Where: West front of the United States Capitol


1:40 PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT review the readiness of military troops in a pass in review
Where: East front of the United States Capitol


2:25 PM THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, THE VICE PRESIDENT, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Where: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia


3:15 PM THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, THE VICE PRESIDENT, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN receive a Presidential Escort to the White House
Where: 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.


5:15 PM THE PRESIDENT signs executive orders and other presidential actions
Where: Oval Office, White House


5:45 PM THE PRESIDENT swears in Day One Presidential Appointees in a virtual ceremony
Where: Oval Office, White House


8:48 PM THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, THE VICE PRESIDENT, and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN attend the “Celebrating America” inaugural program; THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT deliver remarks
Where: Washington, DC


9:55 PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY appear on the Blue Room Balcony
Where: South Lawn, White House