Inauguration of the President of the United States

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will mark the commencement of the four-year term and Kamala Harris as vice president.

Inaugural attendees will be limited members of the 117th United States Congress and, for each, one guest of their choosing.

Section #1 of the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the start and end of the four-year term of both the President and Vice President shall be at noon on January 20. For this reason, the public will see attendees assemble for the swearing in during the hours preceding.

President-elect Joe Biden will recite the following oath prescribed by the Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. [So help me God.]”

Similarly, Harris will recite this oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”