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The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Inaugural Platform Construction Underway

The ‘First Nail’ Ceremony marks the kickoff of preparations for the Inaugural swearing-in ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. Watch a video and see a slideshow of the platform construction.

40 days, 7 hours until January 21, 2013, Inauguration Day. Why January 21?

  • Bibles Used at Swearing-Ins

    See a list of Bibles used and what passages each was open to when the oath of office was administered.

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  • Want to Participate?

    Requests to participate in Inauguration Day events for marching bands, equestrians, military groups and floats are collected by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. The Presidential Inaugural Committee, formed after the November election, selects the participants from these requests.

    Request to Participate

  • Facts, Firsts and Precedents

    First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in the Inaugural program

    Forty-Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies

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