Presidential inaugurations are snapshots in our nation's history usually every four years. Inaugurations are often influenced by or reflect the greater historical events, conversations, and ideas of the country at the time. All inaugurations have had events in what are now national parks, especially in Washington, D.C., and every president has history told in national parks today. Explore the history of presidential inaugurations since they began in 1789 when George Washington took the oath of office at Federal Hall in New York.
Explore the stories to learn about inaugurations in our nation’s history! Learn about inaugural artifacts, writing an inaugural address, famous performers, and getting the capital ready to host in the inaugural events.
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Last updated: January 18, 2021