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What else is happening on inauguration day and how can you watch it in the UK?

Luke O'Reilly
·2-min read
This year’s ceremony will have even more security than usual (AFP via Getty Images)
This year’s ceremony will have even more security than usual (AFP via Getty Images)

Millions across the world tuned in today as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States - but the night is still young.

This year's Inauguration Day differed from previous years. Inaugurations typically draw over a million spectators to Washington DC's National Mall, with Americans gathering to watch the ceremony from giant television screens before the new president travels from the Capitol to the White House.

But this year’s parade was replaced by a "virtual" event and took place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riots at the US Capitol, which has prompted a mass security operation.

More than 25,000 troops and police were on duty today, while fencing lines the perimeter of the US Capitol complex. These measures wer implemented to protect President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they made history.

The ceremony begun around 4pm in the UK. Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga performed.

President Biden has also entered the White House after travelling in style in The Beast before completing the journey on foot.

Celebrating America, the next celebratory element of the day, kicks off at 1.30am GMT.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the rest of the Inauguration:

What is the timeline for the rest of the evening?

The president and vice-president have been escorted to the White House where Mr Biden will now start immediately signing Executive Orders.

At around 1.45am GMT (8.48pm US time), the 46th President and his VP will attend the 'Celebrating America' inaugural programme, a star-studded event where both will speak.

How can I watch it?

The events will be broadcast by all major American news networks including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS News, and Fox News.

It will be streamed live on social media channels YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch as well as streaming service Amazon Prime.

It will also be available to stream on those outlets’ online offerings.

The BBC and Sky are also likely to broadcast it on their 24 hour news channels.

The Evening Standard will also live blog the event as it happens.

Who will be performing at it?

Celebrating America will be hosted by Tom Hanks.

Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen will offer remote performances, and Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments of the event.

Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Jon Bon Jovi will also perform.

Timberlake confirmed earlier this week that he has written a special song for the occasion in the form of ‘Better Days’, a collaboration with Ant Clemons.

The 90-minute show has been described as celebrating: "The beginning of a new national journey toward an America united” and will showcase “the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild”.

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