2021 U.S. Inaugural Ceremonies

On January 20, 2021, the country and the world will witness Our Determined Democracy at the historic 59th Inaugural Ceremonies for President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

Since George Washington took the oath of office to become our nation's first president in 1789, every four years, we have carried out the tradition of an inaugural ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term for the president of the United States, or to transition into a new administration. The inaugural events are not only a hallmark of American governance and democracy, but also fulfill our Constitutional duty and give assurance for all people of our continued and unbroken commitment to continuity, stability, perseverance, and democracy. This great American tradition has occurred in times of peace, in times of turmoil, in times of prosperity, and in times of adversity.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 health emergency, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), working with health experts, has decided that a virtual inauguration ceremony will take place this year in the interests of safety and public health. Therefore, tickets to the 2021 Presidential Inauguration will not be available to the public. 

In addition to the traditional television broadcast of the ceremony, the JCCIC will be expanding digital viewing options to give the public a unique look into this year’s event. For further information, I encourage you to visit the Committee’s website at: https://www.inaugural.senate.gov/