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  • What's the schedule for inauguration day?

    Joe Biden will become the nation's 46th president at noon on Wednesday, when he is sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. on the Capitol's West Front. This will take place shortly after Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Biden's inaugural address will follow. Find more information on the day's events and performers here....

  • Several longstanding traditions will be missing from inauguration

    Traditionally, the outgoing president sits behind the new president, symbolizing a peaceful transfer of power, but Donald Trump will not be at Wednesday's event. Nor will Trump invite the Bidens to the White House, forgoing a longstanding tradition in which the outgoing first family welcomes the new first family to the White House.

  • The Constitution mandates when one presidency ends and the next begins

    The date and time of today's inauguration are set by 20th amendment to the Constitution, which states that "the terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January."