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When is Inauguration Day 2021?

Luke O'Reilly
·2-min read
<p>Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2016</p> (Getty)

Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2016

(Getty)

US Congress has confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner.

President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly refused to concede the election, said in a statement immediately after the vote that there will be a smooth transition of power on Inauguration Day.

However, Inauguration Day is set to look a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, many of the event's usual features have already been changed.

Here's everything you need to know:

The inauguration will take place in front of the US Capitol, where protesters clashed with policeAFP via Getty Images
The inauguration will take place in front of the US Capitol, where protesters clashed with policeAFP via Getty Images

When is Inauguration Day?

The Inauguration will be held on January 20 in front of the US Capitol. Opening remarks are usually around 11.30am EST (4.30pm GMT) with Mr Biden and Kamala Harris expected to be sworn in as president and vice-president at midday.

How will it differ from its predecessors?

This January 20 is sure to be more subdued than previous inauguration days.

The usual giant parade down Pennsylvania Avenue will be "reimagined" this year, according to the inaugural committee.

The inaugural platform on the Capitol’s West Front is being erected but will probably not be as crowded.

Mr Biden’s swearing-in itself will not be virtual. But a spokesperson for the committee said guests should be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask.

The VIP platform will only hold 1,100 people this year.

It is also likely that a Covid-19 test will be considered for anyone on the platform near the president-elect, the spokesperson added.

Will Donald Trump attend?

The outgoing US President has said he will not attend the ceremony.

Who will perform at it?

The celebrity component of this year’s celebration has yet to be fully determined. However, so far it has been announced that Lady Gaga will sing the US national anthem for the swearing in ceremony.

Garth Brooks and Jennifer Lopez will also perform. Mr Brooks has promised a pared-back acoustic show.

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