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Schedule of Inaugural Events

Gates to the Inaugural Ceremony open at 8 a.m. (eastern) The inaugural festivities are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (eastern) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They will include:

  • Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein provides call to order and welcoming remarks.
  • Invocation by the Rev. Rick Warren.
  • Musical selection of Aretha Franklin.
  • Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
  • Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).
  • Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scheduled around noon.
  • Obama gives the inaugural address.
  • Poem by Elizabeth Alexander.
  • Benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.
  • The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."

After Obama gives inaugural address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

Inaugural Luncheon
Location: United States Capitol
This event is not open to the public. Please contact the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies at (202) 244-2228 for more information.

The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

2009 Inaugural Parade
Gates open: 7:00 AM
Event begins: approximately 2:30 PM
Location: Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
The majority of the parade route will be free and open to the public for standing room access. Viewing spots on the parade route are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official inaugural balls:

Commander-in-Chief's Ball
Location: National Building Museum
Doors open: 5:30 PM
Event begins: 7:00 PM
Event Concludes: Approximately 12:00 midnight
This event is by invitation only.

Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall D
Doors open: 5:00 PM
Event begins: 7:00 PM
Event Concludes: approximately 10:30 PM
A portion of the tickets will be reserved for DC residents. Visit www.pic2009.org for further details.

Youth Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Hilton
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Event begins: 9:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 2:30 AM
Young Americans age 18 - 35

Obama Home States Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall E
Doors open 5:00 PM
Event begins: 7:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 11:30 PM
Illinois and Hawaii invited guests

Biden Home States Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Ballroom
Doors open: 6:00 PM
Event begins at 8:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 11:30 PM EST
Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests

Eastern Inaugural Ball
Location: Union Station
Doors open: 8:00 PM
Event begins: 10:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 2:30 AM
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands invited guests

Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall A
Doors open: 6:00 PM
Event begins: 8:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 12:30 AM
Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia invited guests

Midwest Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall C
Doors opens: 6:00 PM
Event begins: 8:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 1:30 AM
Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Missouri invited guests

Southern Inaugural Ball
Location: DC Armory
Doors open: 8:00 PM
Event begins: 10:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 2:00 AM
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas invited guests

Western Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall B
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Event begins: 8:00 PM
Event concludes: approximately 1:00 AM
Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Guam/AS invited guests

Unofficial balls include:

  • Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ball at the Capitol Hilton.
  • Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts.
  • Recording Industry Association of America's ball for Feeding America.
  • BET's Inaugural Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
  • Africa on the Potomac inaugural celebration at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
  • American Music Inaugural Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
  • Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel.
  • Human Rights Campaign's Equality Ball at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
  • Inaugural Peace Ball at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
  • Impact Film Fund ball.
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