The image is an infographic to share ways that people can experience the presidential inaugurations with national parks. It includes illustrations of D.C. landmarks including a statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Washington Monument, Old Post Office Tower, and U.S. Capitol against a U.S. flag background.
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Option 1 includes text reading "Virtually explore presidential memorials and historic sites."
Option 2 includes an image of a national park passport stamp for the 2021 presidential inauguration text reading " Collect your passport stamp".
Option 3 includes an image of a ranger hat with text reading "Learn inaugural history from park rangers".
Option 4 includes text reading "Explore history and play games. Trivia".
Option 5 includes an image of a presidential inauguration Junior Ranger badge with text reading "Earn a Junior Ranger badge".
Option 6 includes text reading "Tag us in your experience. #FindYourPark. #EncuentraTuParque".
Every presidential inauguration is a moment in our nation's history and every president made history. As caretakers of many of America's iconic treasures in the nation's capital and around the country, we've got some presidential stories to tell. Check out (and keep checking for updates) these things to do to take part in this year's Inauguration Day. Learn more about the history of U.S. presidents and our democracy through your national parks—virtually!
2021 Presidential Inauguration
It went virtual! On January 20, 2021, President-Elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris took the oath of office during the 59th Presidential Inauguration. With 2021's inauguration theme of "America United" as the nation faced challenges that kept us physically apart, many of the traditional public events that happen in D.C. were reimagined as virtual experiences to allow people from anywhere in the world to take part in the moment in history.
January 19, 2021
National COVID-19 Memorial: An illumination memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 was set up around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Cities and towns across the country were invited to participate by illuminating buildings and ringing bells around 5:30 pm ET.
January 20, 2021
Swearing-In Ceremony: The president-elect and vice president-elect took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol, located at the east end of the National Mall. The ceremony was broadcast and livestreamed on numerous media outlets worldwide.
2021 Presidential Inauguration Photos
Virtual Presidential Inauguration Events
With traditional and new events reimagined as virtual experiences, see images of the 59th Presidential Inauguration events on park land.
Behind the Scenes
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative work that went into setup and hosting the 59th Presidential Inauguration on park land.
Go Virtual with National Parks
We are one of America's biggest and oldest musuems to history, but we're hip with technology too. There are more than 400 national parks across the country, many dedicated to remembering the life and legacy of U.S. presidents. In celebration of Inauguration Day, explore presidential and inauguration history in national parks with virtual experiences and activiites.
Presidential Places 360°
Remotely explore presidential memorials in D.C. in the round and see if you can pass the test to become a virtual tour guide.
Take a tour of presidential monuments, memorials, and homes in national parks from the comfort of anywhere in the world.
Virtual Ranger Programs
Don't move! We'll come to you to give ranger programs through your digital devices this inauguration.
Gotta collect them all! Earn Junior Ranger badges while learning about U.S. presidents, inaugurations, and memorials.
Trivia time! Test your knowledge of presidential history with games for all ages about history and places found in national parks.
Virtual Passport Stamp
Do you collect national park passport cancellation stamps? Congratulations, you've found the virtual Presidential Inauguration stamp!
Don't miss a moment with national parks. Follow along with National Park Service social media channels as some park and programs across the country post presidential history and activities on Inauguration Day. Join the action on Inauguration Day on the National Mall and Memorial Parks' Facebook and Twitter channels (@NationalMallNPS) as we share updates and activities from the virtual D.C. celebrations.
More Virtual Resources
Last updated: January 27, 2021