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Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Inauguration Day: Full Schedule, Timings, Performance Lineup, How to Watch in India

Here is the complete schedule of Biden Inauguration Day 2021 along with timings, performance lineup and how to watch/livestream in India.

Published: January 19, 2021 8:28 PM IST, By News Desk Email , Edited by Kritika Bansal, Source -

New Delhi/Washington: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is set take oath as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20. While 78-year-old Biden will be the oldest US President, Indian American Kamala Harris will make history as the first Black and South Asian woman to be the Vice President. Also Read - 'Not the Time': Biden Administration Drops Order as Trump Lifts Travel Ban With Europe, Brazil

The theme of the Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony is β€œAmerica United”. However, unlike other years when the inauguration day event is thronged by people, this year the ceremony will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around just a thousand people are expected to attend the presidential inaugural ceremony, most of whom will be members of the Congress and their guests. Also Read - Ahead of Biden Inauguration, US Capitol Put On Lockdown, Rehearsal Evacuated

While outgoing President Donald Trump will not attend the Biden inauguration and Vice President Mike Pence will attend the ceremony. Also Read - Kolam Artistry Part of Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Inauguration Ceremony

Here is the complete schedule of Biden Inauguration Day 2021 including timings in India:

  • Around 8.30 pm IST (10 am EST), the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) will start by hosting the first ever curated livestream for young Americans before and during the inaugural ceremonies.
  • The livestream will be hosted by award winning entertained and advocate Keke Palmer.
  • The livestream will feature a special message from incoming First Lady Jill Biden and a commentary from leading historians.
  • The inaugural ceremony will begin with the American national anthem and invocation around 10 pm in India (11.30 Eastern Time)
  • US President-elect Joseph R Biden will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on the US Capitol’s West Front as per tradition. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  • After Joe Biden takes oath as US President, he will then deliver his inaugural address.
  • The newly sworn-in US President will then move to the Capitol’s East Front for β€˜Pass in Review’, which is a longstanding tradition where the new President assesses the military troops.
  • Following this, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and former US President Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton along with their wives will travel together to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Before an evening of virtual activities, Joe Biden will receive a military escort from 15th Street to the White House with every branch of military represented.
  • After the conclusion of the official ceremony, there will be a 90-minute-long bonus celebration called β€œCelebrating America” which will be hosted by actor Tom Hanks.

Lineup of performances:

Here’s the celebrity lineup of the swearing-in ceremony:

  • Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem, while Jennifer Lopez will deliver a separate musical performance during the ceremony.
  • Amanda Gorman, who was named the country’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, will deliver a poetry reading.
  • Andrea Hall, the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Longtime friends of the Biden family Father Leo J O’Donovan and Wilmington-based Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman will deliver the invocation and benediction, respectively.
  • The primetime special hosted by Tom Hanks will feature performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi.

Where and how to watch livestream of Biden inauguration ceremony in India:

  • Along with airing the event Live on all TV news channels, all major American broadcasters will livestream the event on their social media platforms.
  • The inauguration day even will also be live streamed on as well as on PIC social media handles.

Inauguration Day 2021: Here’s the schedule of events as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris take office

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President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president, while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will become the first woman and person of color to hold that office in the U.S. when the historic 59th presidential inauguration takes place Wednesday.

The theme will be β€œAmerica United,” an issue that was a central focus for the Biden-Harris ticket during the campaign.

The theme β€œreflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future,” according to the announcement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the nation and world since last year, as well as the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a mob that sought to overturn the election results on Jan. 6, this year’s event will look much different than any other in U.S. history.

For starters, there won’t be the usual large crowd of revelers descending on the National Mall to watch in person.

In fact, due to the ongoing threat of violence in Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of the riot, Americans are being flat-out told not to travel to the nation’s capital. Both the National Mall and the Washington Monument have temporarily closed to the public.

But there will be a large National Guard presence at the event and across the city, as more than 20,000 troops have been deployed to bolster security.

The inauguration itself will also look different, with the typical parade and inaugural balls giving way to safer virtual celebrations.

Here’s what to expect on Wednesday:

Jan. 20 schedule

7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PT: Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans

Entertainer and advocate Keke Palmer will host the the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s first-ever livestream for young Americans before and during the inaugural ceremonies. The livestream include a special message from first lady Jill Biden and feature commentary from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Doug Emhoff, America’s first second gentleman, will participate in a trivia segments question produced by the Library of Congress. Additionally, there will be a segment on presidential pets produced by Nickelodeon and excerpts of student voices from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs’ β€œWe the Young People” programming.

The event can be watched online at as well as the committee’s YouTube channel.

Estimated to start at 9 a.m. PT or after: Inaugural ceremonies

Like their predecessors, Biden and Harris will take their oaths of office outside the Capitol Building. After, the newly sworn-in president will deliver his inaugural address, β€œlaying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation,” according to the inauguration’s website.

Coronavirus health and safety measures will be in place, and attendance will be limited, mostly to those currently in Congress. President Donald Trump will not be at the event, but former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are expected to attend.

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks will perform. Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, of Los Angeles has been chosen to do a reading at the inauguration.

This and other inaugural events will be carried live on KTLA and

TBD: Pass in Review

(Editor’s note: The inaugural committee has not released specific times for all parts of the event.)

Biden and Harris will then complete the traditional β€œPass in Review” inspection of troops from all service branches, a longstanding military tradition that symbolizes the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander in Chief.

TBD: Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery

The Bidens, Harris and Emhoff will then head to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by Obama, Bush and Clinton, as well as former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

TBD: Presidential Escort

Afterwards, Biden will receive a presidential escort to the White House, with every branch of the military represented. Among those taking part in the escort: the U.S. Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the 3rd U.S. Infantry β€œThe Old Guard.”

It will be joined by the drumlines from the University of Delaware and Howard University β€” the alma maters of Biden and Harris β€” which will then kick off the virtual parade.

Around 12:15 p.m. PT: Virtual Parade Across America

Biden’s escort to the White House will be followed by the televised virtual β€œParade Across America.” The committee says the parade will feature dynamic and diverse performances from all 56 states and territories.

Actor, director, and producer Tony Goldwyn will host the parade, which will feature performers and athletes, including Jon Stewart, New Radicals, Olympians Nathan Chen, Allyson Felix, and Katie Ledecky, and viral sensation skateboarder Nathan Apodaca.

8:30 p.m. ET/PT: Celebrating America Primetime Special

The day’s festivities will conclude with primetime television special hosted by Tom Hanks that will feature remarks from the new president and vice president, along with performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake.

Others taking part in the 90-minute event include Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will will recite a class work, and Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, JosΓ© AndrΓ©s and Dolores Huerta.

More on the schedule of events can be found on the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s website.

President Ali congratulates US President Biden, VP Harris

President Dr Irfaan Ali on Wednesday afternoon extended congratulations to the 46th President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Vice President Kamala Harris following their inauguration earlier in the day.
In a Facebook post, the Guyanese leader said President Biden’s call for unity and democracy are critical components of good governance which he says Guyana completely shares.

President Ali went on to say that Guyana stands together with the Biden-led administration in defence of unity, democracy and peace.

β€œYour call for unity and democracy are critical components of good governance which we share completely with you. We pray that God continues to bless the Government and people of the United States. We stand together with you in defence of unity, democracy and peace,” President Ali posited in his congratulatory message.

The Head of State had previously said he is looking forward to working with the new US President to confront critical and strategic matters of interest to the international community, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and to further strengthen elations between Guyana and the US.

President Biden defeated Donald Trump to clinch the White House following a cliff-hanger vote count at the November 2020 election.

US President Joe Biden taking his oath of office

The 78-year-old Democrat is the oldest U.S. President to take office; and after taking his oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts at the Capitol Building under heavy security and in the presence of a scant gathering of dignitaries, including three former US presidents, Biden vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States in his inaugural address to the nation.

He also pleaded for unity in what has been described as a β€œdivided nation”, and promised to be a president for all Americans, urging that they give him a chance.

β€œToday, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together; uniting our people and uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the common foes we face: anger, resentment, hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence. disease, joblessness, hopelessness.

US Vice President Kamala Harris taking her oath of office on Wednesday

β€œWith unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome this deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class, and make health care secure for all. We can deliver racial justice.

β€œTo all those who supported our campaign, I am humbled by the faith you have placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart, and if you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably within the guardrails of our republic is perhaps our nation’s greatest strength. Yet, hear me clearly: Disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did,” President Biden reassured.

Wednesday’s inauguration has gone down in history, as Vice President Harris is the first female, and first Black and South Asian person to become Vice President.

Upon taking office, President Biden immediately went to work and signed a raft of measures, reversing some of Trump’s policies.

The executive orders signed sought to establish the mandatory wearing of mask and social distancing in federal buildings, a new White House office on coronavirus, bringing an end to a travel ban on visitors from some Muslim-majority nations, and reversing Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, among other things. (G8)

20 Jan 2021, Source -

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrive in the US Capitol Crypt ahead of Biden's inauguration. [Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AP Photo]

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

With his hand on an heirloom Bible that has been in his family since 1893, Biden took the presidential oath of office administered by US Chief Justice John Roberts just after noon ET (17:00 GMT), vowing to β€œpreserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

Biden, 78, became the oldest US president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that was largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance, due both to the coronavirus and security concerns following the January 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The norm-defying Trump flouted one last convention on his way out of the White House when he refused to meet with Biden or attend his successor’s inauguration, breaking with a political tradition seen as affirming the peaceful transfer of power.

Top Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence and the party’s congressional leaders, attended Biden’s inauguration, along with former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton. Jimmy Carter, 96, was the only living US president to not attend the ceremony, citing coronavirus concerns.

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, became the first Black person, first woman and first Asian American to serve as vice president after she was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina member.

Harris used two Bibles, including one owned by Thurgood Marshall, the first Black US Supreme Court justice.

Thousands of National Guard troops were called into the city after the January 6 siege on the Capitol, which left five people dead and briefly forced lawmakers into hiding. Instead of a throng of supporters, the National Mall on Wednesday was covered by nearly 200,000 flags and 56 pillars of light meant to represent people from US states and territories.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC with his wife Jill Biden at his side. [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

Kamala Harris is sworn in as US vice president as her spouse Doug Emhoff holds a Bible during the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the US Capitol. [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff arrive at the steps of the US Capitol for the start of the official inauguration ceremonies. [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. [Patrick Semansky/Pool/Reuters]

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. [Patrick Semansky/Pool/AP Photo]

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden. [Patrick Semansky/POOL/AP Photo]

Doug Emhoff, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, President-elect Joe Biden, US Sen. Roy Blunt and US Sen. Amy Klobuchar walk into the US Capitol for the inauguration. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

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