What Happens on Inauguration Day? A Historical Perspective.
For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 56th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremony represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past.
To watch a historical perspective on the Inaugural Ceremonies click here: inaugural.senate.gov/history.
Click here to see 25 videos of inaugural addresses.