Whether you like him or not, on January 20th 2017, President-Elect Donald J. Trump will put his hand on the Bible and say “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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. So help me God.” Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. In light of the upcoming inauguration, here is 10 things to know about the upcoming presidential inauguration festivities.
1) Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R) is the chairman for The 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee.
2) A massive security presence is in the working for the inauguration ceremony. Over 7,500 guardsmen and roughly 3,000 police officers from all over the United States will be in Washington D.C. for the inauguration festivities. “Security is my greatest concern,” Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said. “No question that on inaugural day, this would be the most appealing target in the world.” According to Fox News, everyone in the security team is already rehearsing for the big weekend.
3) On Thursday, January 19th, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence will honor the country’s veterans at this ceremony.
4) The afternoon of January 19th there will be welcome celebrations. This celebration includes performers that will be kick-off to the inaugural events. Confirmed artists include: Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, and 3 Doors Down. These artists will headline the pre-inauguration along with others at The Lincoln Memorial.
5) January 20th, Trump’s presidency becomes official at The Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony. President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Michael R. Pence will be sworn into office in front of the United States Capitol. On the main stage will include: their families, members of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, Diplomatic Corps, and other important invited guests. Confirmed performers at this swearing-in ceremony include: Jackie Evancho, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and The Rockettes.
6) The Inaugural Parade will be held on the afternoon of January 20th. The parade is a tradition where people from all over the country will watch the new President and Vice President start at the steps of the Capitol Building, proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue, and arrive at the White House.
7) The night of the 20th, the party begins with multiple Inaugural Balls being hosted. Three official inaugural balls are planned and will have appearances by President Trump and First Lady Melania. The other balls will include dancing, entertainment, and a celebration of President Trump.
8) On Saturday, January 21st, a prayer breakfast will be held at Washington’s National Cathedral. People from different religious faiths will be represented.