A Promise to the People

After every presidential election, the nation comes together to witness the newly-elected president and vice president take the Presidential Oath of Office in the heart of the nation's capital. This peaceful transition of power to the next leaders on Inauguration Day has grown and changed over time, but continues to bring people from across the country to be a part of history and celebrate democracy. The National Mall and Memorial Parks, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, and President's Park serve as a backdrop for Inauguration Day. 

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Go Virtual

The 59th Presidential Inauguration is going virtual! Join the virtual festivities and explore your presidential national parks.

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Inauguration History

Every inauguration is a historic event in our nation's history. Explore stories of past inaugurations and presidential places.

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Making It Happen

Many partners work together to make inaugurations happen. Learn the National Park Service's role supporting these historic events.

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn about the National Park Service response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Last updated: January 16, 2021