On Monday, January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama will be sworn in to his second term in office at the 57th Presidential Inauguration held in Washington, DC. The theme of this year's inauguration is "Faith in America's Future" in recognition of America's perseverance and unity. This year will also mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom on top of the Capitol Dome. Here are some of the activities planned during the week of the Presidential Inauguration.
Monday, January 21
The Presidential Inaugural Parade, which will include members from all branches of military, will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Tickets are not required for the parade but are required for bleacher seating which extends from 3rd to 17th Streets. All parade and event attendees should expect to undergo thorough security screenings.
The Swearing-in Ceremony and the inaugural address will take place on the steps of the US Capitol. At the public swearing-in ceremony, President Obama will take the oath of office with two bibles that previously belonged to President Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. No tickets are required to watch the swearing-in ceremonies from the National Mall.
Following the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address, the President, the Vice-President, and guests will attend the inaugural luncheon, hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
This year President Obama announced the number of inaugural balls would be reduced to just two official parties in an effort to reduce government spending. The first official ball is the Commander-in-Chief's Ball at the Washington Convention center, which is open to select members of the US military.
The second is the Inaugural Ball, also at the Washington Convention Center. A limited number of tickets were released to the public but are no longer available.
Tuesday, January 22
One day after the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama and Vice President Biden along with representatives from a wide array of faiths will attend the Inaugural National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral. The service will feature prayers, readings, and musical performances. The event is invitation only, but will be streamed live at the National Cathedral's website.