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Inauguration Day events and schedule

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WASHINGTON — The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump will take place on Friday and is expected to draw a large number of supporters and protesters. Some estimate more than 1 million people will be in the nation’s capitol for the events.

The events planned to usher in the new administration will begin Thursday and continue through Saturday. The events include firmly established protocol and evolving traditions.


On the morning of Inauguration Day, Trump is reportedly scheduled to have coffee with President Barack Obama.

Morning worship service: Trump plans to attend a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Obama and President George W. Bush attended a private morning worship service at the same church.

The tradition of attending a morning worship service on Inauguration Day began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, according to the U.S. Senate website.

Traditionally, the outgoing president accompanies the president-elect to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony.

Inaugural swearing-in ceremony: The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Opening remarks are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Trump and Pence will be accompanied by their families. Members of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court will also attend.

Inaugural address: Every president since George Washington has delivered an inaugural address, though the length varies. Speeches have ranged from 8,445 words to just 135.

Inaugural luncheon: Since 1953, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has hosted a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol for the new president, vice president and guests.

The luncheon program includes speeches, gift presentations from the committee and toasts to the new administration, the Senate website said.

Inaugural parade: The parade starts at the steps of the Capitol Building at 3 p.m. Trump, Pence and their families will be escorted along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Inaugural balls: There are at least three official inaugural balls planned Friday night. They will take place from 7-11 p.m. The two main balls will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, according to The Washington Post.

The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball will be at the National Building Museum. Trump and his wife, Melania, are expected to make appearances at all three.

President Bill Clinton’s 1997 inaugural events included 14 balls, according to CNN. Obama attended 10 official balls in 2009.


National prayer service: An interfaith prayer service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral.

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