2021 Inauguration: What to expect from Biden's swearing-in


Inauguration Day is closing in with festivities set to begin on Wednesday, January 20th. But what can viewers expect from the swearing-in of the 46th president of the United States?

Inauguration Day typically brings swarms of people to the nation's capital in order to watch the next president take the oath of office, however, with safety guidelines in place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, things will look a little different this year.

Much of the ceremony will be virtual, with Lady Gaga kicking things off with a performance of the national anthem at around 11:30am ET. Biden and Kamala Harris are expected to take the oath of office around 12pm ET, led by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

Harris will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a historic female first, ABC News reports.

Then, Biden will give his inaugural address.

According to NBC News, Biden has begun writing his speech for the big day, with an emphasis on familiar themes that he's stressed throughout his entire campaign: unity and healing.

Facing more crises than any other incoming president in recent history, Biden will continue to focus on these themes as he battles issues like the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and political unrest and division in the country.

Other guests that will be present for the swearing-in include Father Leo J. O'Donovan, Andrea Hall, Amanda Gorman, Jennifer Lopez, and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman.

After taking oath, Biden will be escorted toward the White House by representatives of each military branch.

Beginning at 8:30pm ET, a special titled "Celebrating America," hosted by Tom Hanks, will air, featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and John Legend.

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