January 20th, 2025

What Happens on Inauguration Day?

Inauguration Day marks the day the new president of the United States is sworn in and takes office.

This means the day the person officially becomes the president of the United States. The vice president is also sworn in on Inauguration Day.

Before Inauguration Day, the president is known as the "president-elect". The vice president is known as the "vice-president-elect".

During the swearing-in ceremony, the president-elect arrives at the White House in Washington DC.

They take the oath of office around midday and partake in the inaugural address before officially becoming president.

Is Inauguration the Same as Coronation?

No**, the inauguration is very different from a coronation**. An inauguration refers to the swearing-in of someone into a party, society, or an official title.

For example, when a president-elect becomes the new president of the United States, this is referred to as an inauguration.

Whereas a coronation refers to a formal ceremony that takes place within the Monarchy.

For example, when a Princess or Prince becomes a King or Queen of a country with a monarchy, the crowning ceremony (where they officially take the title of King or Queen) is known as a coronation.

What Do You Do at an Inauguration?

During the inauguration of a new president, the president-elect arrives at the White House and takes the oath of office.

This means they pledge to abide by the rules, laws, and duties of the president during the time they are in office.

Once the oath has been taken, the president-elect is sworn in as president during the inauguration ceremony.

Following the swearing-in, the president makes the inaugural address. This means a speech is delivered to US citizens to mark the start of their presidency.

In the countdown to Inauguration Day, many US citizens make arrangements to travel to the White House to watch the president's first speech.

Many people also stream the inauguration live and watch the ceremony with family and friends. They also bake sweet and savory goods.

In schools, many classes partake in Inauguration Day bingo and pop quizzes.

How Many Days Until Inauguration Day?

In the US, Inauguration Day takes place once every four years on January 20th. The time of the ceremony is always at midday (or 12 pm).

The inaugural address is usually delivered between 12 pm and 2 pm.

There are days until the Inauguration.