Joe Biden inauguration 2021: UK date, time and how to watch live

Joe Biden inauguration 2021: UK date, time and how to watch live

January 19, 2021

JOE Biden and Kamala Harris will tomorrow take the oath that will officially make them President and Vice President of the United States. 

But with the coronavirus pandemic and the recent mayhem of the Capitol riots, tomorrow’s inauguration will look very different to most. Here’s what you need to know about Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

When is Joe Biden's inauguration? 

Joe Biden's inauguration day will take place tomorrow, January 20, 2021.

Opening remarks tend to begin at 11:30 EST (4:30pm GMT) and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in around noon. 

Later in the day, Joe Biden will move into the White House which will be his home for the next four years. 

You can watch the inauguration on most major American news networks, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS News and Fox News. 

You can also follow the event on The U.S. Sun’s Live News Blog. 

Major news websites such as Sky News and the BBC are also likely to cover the event.

Where will the inauguration take place? 

The inauguration will take place outside the Capitol in Washington D.C., America.

It will be held on the same spot where a violent, pro-Trump mob gathered on January 6 before storming the Capitol buildings – seen as the seat of US democracy. 

The inauguration is designated as a “national special security event," which clears the way for communication, funding and preparation between multiple agencies.

Other such events are the State of the Union, the Super Bowl, and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

The inauguration will look different from other presidential inaugurations because of last week's riot and coronavirus restrictions.

Tight security is in place around the entire capital region in Washington. 

At least 10,000 National Guard troops will be in place in the days before the inauguration.

The grounds of the Capitol will be closed to the public as the inauguration is a ticketed event only. 

What is the inauguration day schedule? 

The inauguration is expected to start with opening remarks at roughly 11:30 EST (16:30 GMT), with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris set to take their oaths at midday. 

Tomorrow, Joe Biden will say: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Mr Biden will then become the 46th president of the United States. 

Kamala Harris will become vice-president once she takes the oath of office – normally this happens just before the president-elect’s oath. 

She will be the first woman and the first black and Asian American to hold the position.

The inauguration is then finished and celebrations begin. 

While inaugurations usually see Americans in their millions attend Washington to catch a glimpse of proceedings, this year’s inauguration size will be "extremely limited", due to coronavirus.

After the oaths, there will be a "pass in review" ceremony – a traditional part of inauguration where the new commander in chief inspects the troops. 

Instead of the usual parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, a "virtual parade" will be held across the US due to the pandemic. 

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their families will then move to the White House, escorted by members of the military and a band and drum corps. 

Lady Gaga is booked to sing the national anthem as part of the celebrations and Jennifer Lopez will also sing during the ceremony's musical performance.

Once Mr Biden has been sworn in, actor Tom Hanks will host 90-minutes of primetime television with Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake all expected to take part.

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