What Time & Channel is the Presidential Inauguration 2017?

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The Trumps are taking over Washington, D.C. in a matter of days. After months of campaigning and a surprising outcome filled with many tears (not the joyful kind), the time is almost here for President-Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration. But what time and channel is the Presidential Inauguration on? We’ve got all the details for you right here!


When is the Presidential Inauguration? What time will the Presidential Inauguration start? These are just some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the details of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Love him or hate him, people are curious to find out who’s in and who’s out for one of the most important days in Trump’s political career.

What Time is the Presidential Inauguration?

For those still scrambling for answers, the Presidential Inauguration date is Friday January 20, 2017. It will take place in the United States Capitol at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, the official Presidential Inauguration time. 

Presidential Inauguration Channel

For those looking to watch President-Elect Donald John Trump being sworn in as the country’s 45th president, you can turn to all major networks, who will be live streaming and broadcasting the historic event. Networks such as C-SPAN, CNN, ABC, NBC, and Fox will have around the clock coverage of the inauguration. Be sure to check when the ceremony will air in your time zone!

Presidential Inauguration Schedule

There are several traditions scheduled on the day of the inauguration and they have been followed for decades:

  1. A morning prayer takes place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House.
  2. Both the departing and incoming president have a brief meeting at the White House before going to the Capitol, the home of the U.S. legislature and location for all inaugurations.
  3. Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence will take the oath of office, read to him by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
  4. President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in by taking the oath of office, with his wife, Melania by his side. He will put his left hand on the Bible and raise his right hand, while repeating the 35-word oath. If he makes a mistake, he has to repeat the oath from the beginning until it is said correctly.
  5. The Inaugural Address will be made by the newly appointed President of the United States, after he is officially sworn into office.
  6. President Obama says his goodbyes as he leaves, making a high-profile exit.
  7. The ceremony is followed by a luncheon with food provided by the president’s home state, including entertainment.
  8. An Inaugural parade is held and the new president takes his seat in the Presidential Reviewing Stand, looking over thousands of soldiers, marching bands and all the people in attendance.
  9. The Inaugural Ball will bring together Washington, D.C.’s high society figures at a black-tie event. There are several balls to attend in any given year and each president tries their best to attend them all.

Another tradition is for the old president to leave the new president a gracious welcome note on the desk of the Oval office.

Who Will Perform?

Trump’s staff has been working tirelessly to round up some of the best entertainers in the country, but surprisingly, all the best talent has declined! Okay, it’s not that surprising, since Trump has no filter and has said horrible things to just about every minority group. Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who recently won a Golden Globe award last weekend, made a moving speech against the President-Elect (without naming him), for his words and behavior. Of course he tweeted about her as soon as he heard her speech. In the end, it seems Hollywood wants nothing to do with the President-Elect.

Since Elton John, Celine Dion, KISS, and more have declined—Trump is left with the Rockettes (where member participation is optional), the Mormon Tabernacle (who had a member quit after the choir was signed on), and 16-year-old America’s Got Talent singer, Jackie Evancho, who will sing the national anthem. Did you really think they could land Beyoncé?!


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