The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
The inauguration theme is “Uniquely American”, a phrase that highlights the inaugural ceremony as “a uniquely American expression of our Constitutional system.” The theme also stresses the peaceful transition of power, and that the American people are “united behind an enduring republic.” The inaugural ceremonies held in Washington, DC from January 17 to 21, 2017 will include concerts, the swearing-in ceremony, luncheon and parade, inaugural balls, and the interfaith inaugural prayer service. The presidential oath will be administered to Trump during his swearing-in ceremony on January 20, 2017 by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts and the vice presidential oath of office will be administered to Pence by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Trump will be sworn in on the Lincoln Bible, the same used at the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The inauguration is being planned primarily by two committees: the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Although the election was scheduled for November 8, 2016, the congressional committee began construction of the inaugural platform on September 21, 2016. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, were formally elected by the Electoral College when it met on December 19, 2016. The win was officially certified by an electoral vote tally by a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2017.
Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Rockettes, 3 Doors Down, Sam Moore, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, The Piano Guys, DJ Ravidrums, Big & Rich, the Talladega College Tornado Marching Band, and The Frontmen of Country have all been confirmed as performers for various inaugural celebrations.
Schedule of events
The schedule of events is set to commence on January 19 with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery attended by the President-elect and Vice President-elect. A concert titled “Make America Great! Welcome Celebration” will be held at Lincoln Memorial afterwards. The following day will be the inauguration ceremony at the United States Capitol, followed by the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls later on. A National Prayer Service will be held on January 21 at the Washington National Cathedral. Donald Trump’s inaugural address was written by Stephen Miller, who was the speechwriter of most of his campaign speeches. The new President and Vice President will also attend several dinners honoring them, and there will be a ball honoring the Armed Forces and first responders.
On December 28, 2016, it was announced that six clergy members would give invocations at the inauguration, among them include:
Former Presidents attending
Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, along with their respective wives, the First Ladies, have all confirmed their attendance at Trump’s inauguration, including Hillary Clinton, Trump’s main opponent in the election. George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush will not attend the inauguration due to health reasons.