It is that time again: time to roll out the red carpet and welcome a new president to lead our country. The inauguration for the first U.S. president, George Washington, took place on April 30, 1789 in New York City. Since then, inauguration day has been moved a couple of times, with the 20th Amendment to the Constitution finally establishing noon on January 20 as the official date and time. No matter your party preference, the inaugural is an occasion to be celebrated by all Americans, since it highlights the peaceful and orderly transfer of power. For more information on the history and practices of inaugural ceremonies, pick up a copy of Paul F. Boller’s Presidential Inaugurations.
Please note that the Library’s TV will be placed in Druker Auditorium on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm for anyone who wishes to stop in and watch the proceedings.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Presidential Inaugurations has a great website with all the details on this year’s events, as well as historical information on past inaugurals, including images and video.
Inauguration Day is almost here