Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term as President on Sunday and Monday. It will be America's 57th Presidential Inauguration. There are more ways than ever before to keep up with it all. Here's our guide to what's happening, who's performing, how to watch, and how to join the conversations.
Technically, Inauguration Day is January 20. But since that falls on a Sunday this year, there will be a small, private swearing-in that day (under the Consitution the president has to be sworn in on the 20th). Then the public swearing-in will be Monday, January 21.
How to watch:
Monday's swearing-in ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol. The theme for this inauguration is "Faith in America's Future." Here's the program:
Following the swearing in, there is a parade for everyone down Pennsylvania Avenue. Later that night are the balls. Obama decided to reduce the number of balls this year, so there's just the Children's Concert (which was last night), Commander In Chief's Ball for members of the Armed Forces, and the Inaugural Ball.
You can watch the Commander In Chief's Ball online, live! Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Marc Anthony will perform.
Alicia Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher will perform at the Inaugural Ball. (I plan on watching online or on TV while having deep and extensive conversations with my friends about Michelle Obama's Inaugural ensemble and ball gown.)
Of course there is an Official Inaugural Playlist on Spotify. The official Twitter hash tag is #inaug2013. People will probably tweet under #inauguration, too, though. Conservatives often tweet under #tcot and progressives under #p2. Here is President Obama's Instagram, and White House photographer Pete Souza on Twitter. And there might be Inauguration pins on the White House's Pinterest.
For the 2009 Presidential Inauguration I traveled to Washington, D.C. and stayed with friends -- but it was bitterly cold that day, so I ended up watching the swearing in on television with my son while my friends braved the cold and crowds just over a mile away. Afterwards we went out for brunch, and I'll never forget the energy in the streets as people returned from the ceremony and parade. I think everyone should witness a presidential swearing in (or, you know, be in the general vicinity) at least once in their life. It was such an exciting day to be in D.C. Hope your Monday is wonderful, however you spend it.
Enjoy this Inauguration by the Numbers video. For even more information, to go 2013pic.org.
Will you watch any part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies?
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