HOLT, Fla., Jan. 19, 2017—The 58th inauguration of the 45th president of the United States is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EST Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.
The actual swearing-in ceremony won’t occur until 11:30 a.m. EST.
Huge crowds for the inauguration and parade are expected with numbers falling somewhere between 800,000 to 900,000, according to D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
By comparison, President Barak Obama’s 2009 inauguration drew an estimated 1.8 million people, according to local and federal agencies.
For those not lucky enough to score a ticket to the swearing-in ceremony, the event will be streamed on jumbo televisions down the National Mall.
Later in the day, the new president and his family will participate in a parade at 3 p.m. EST down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.
Approximately 8,000 parade participants from more than 40 groups include members of the military, first responders, the Boy Scouts and college and high school marching bands.
In addition to those watching this every-four-year event, some visitors to the Washington, D.C., area plan to stage protests. Of those, the Women’s March on Washington will take place Saturday, after public inauguration events have concluded. This protest march is expected to be the largest of the planned protests with possibly 200,000 participants.
Other inauguration day events include a morning worship service for the president elect and his family, the vice president’s swearing-in ceremony, the new president’s inaugural address, a luncheon and a formal ball later in the evening.
- The first inauguration was April 30, 1789, for President George Washington who took the oath of office in front of New York’s Federal Hall on a balcony overlooking Wall Street.
- The second inauguration on March 4, 1793, again for President Washington was in Philadelphia, the nation’s temporary capitol.
- The shortest inauguration address on record was given by President George Washington March 4, 1793. He spoke just 135 words. The longest was given by President William Henry Harrison in 1841, clocking in at an hour and 45 minutes, nearly 10,000 words, in the middle of a snowstorm. He died a month later of pneumonia.
- The first Washington, D.C. inauguration was March 4, 1801, for President Thomas Jefferson who took the oath office in the Senate chamber of the not-yet-completed Capitol building.
- President Andrew Jackson was the first president sworn in on the Capitol’s east portico March 4, 1829.
- President Ronald Reagan was the first president sworn in on the Capitol’s west front in 1981.
- The first inauguration to be photographed was for President James Buchanan in 1857.
- President William McKinley’s 1897 inauguration was the first captured by motion camera.
- And the first talking newsreel to record an inauguration was for President Herbert Hoover in 1929.
- President Warren G. Harding was the first to take oath and deliver his address via loud speakers in 1921.
- President Calvin Coolidge’s inaugural address was the first to be broadcast nationally by radio in 1925.
- And President Harry S. Truman was the first inaugural address broadcast over television.
- President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration was the first televised in color in 1961.
- President Bill Clint’s inauguration was the first streamed live on the Internet in 1997.
- The first president to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. Until then, inauguration was March 20 until the 20th constitutional amendment changed the date.
- President Warren G. Harding was the first to ride to and from his inauguration in an automobile in 1921.
- The U.S. Marine Corps Band, known as “The President’s Own,” has played at every inauguration since President Thomas Jefferson’s second inauguration in 1805.
- The first inaugural parade was in 1809 for President James Madison. He was escorted by a troop of cavalry from Georgetown to the Capitol. Following the oath, President Madison sat in review of nine militia companies.
- However, President Thomas Jefferson is also credited with having the first inaugural parade in 1805, according the the Smithsonian Institution.
- In 1873, African Americans marched for the first time, in President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural parade.
- The only parade to be cancelled due to bad weather was President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985 because of frigid temperatures.
- The longest parade was for President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 which lasted for 4 hours and 32 minutes. And strangely, he was lassoed by a cowboy while on the podium …
- Women first participated in the parade in 1917 for President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.
- President Jimmy Carter broke tradition of being transported down the parade route when he walked with his wife and daughter in 1977. The only other president to walk the parade route was President Thomas Jefferson.
- President John F. Kennedy was the last president to wear the traditional stovepipe hat at an inauguration in 1961.
Trivia courtesy of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies