Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States on Wednesday during the 59th Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony.
The ceremony will be downsized and restructured due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional in-person parade along Pennsylvania Avenue will be replaced by an official escort with representatives of every branch of the military for one block. The FBI and Secret Service have increased security efforts for Wednesday following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, heeding warnings that far-right extremist groups are planning a similar attack.
After being sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Biden will deliver his inaugural address that lays out “his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation,” according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s schedule. He will also conduct a traditional review of military troops after taking his oath of office.
“This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America united,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Tony Allen in a statement. “We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program. Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans.”
The 59th Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony will be held at noon ET on Wednesday, Jan. 20 on the west front of the Capitol building. The Presidential Inaugural Committee will livestream the event on its website as well as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.