The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the U.S. is going to look vastly different than those of his predecessors, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and heightened security concerns after a mob of pro-Trump extremists violently breached the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.
There will be no throngs of people massed beneath a platform at the Capitol. Also absent will be President Trump, who"s skipping town early.
The inaugural ceremonies will begin with the national anthem and invocation around 11:30 a.m. ET. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shortly before noon.
President-elect Biden will then be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at noon ET on the Capitol"s West Front, as is tradition.
It is anticipated there will be roughly 1,000 guests in attendance, the majority of whom will be members of Congress and their guests.
After he’s sworn in, Biden will deliver his inaugural address. He will then move to the Capitol’s East Front for what"s known as Pass in Review, a longstanding tradition in which a new president assesses the military troops.