From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies of the President and Vice President represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurals past and remember the common bond that we all share as Americans.
When the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) first organized in June of 2020, the bipartisan, bicameral panel kicked off the planning for the inauguration with the goal of hosting ceremonies that were as safe, traditional, and inclusive as possible. Previously, the JCCIC would traditionally distribute 200,000 tickets for the official ceremony at the Capitol and provide ticket bundles to Members of the 117th Congress to distribute to constituents. However, the JCCIC, in consultation with diversified public health and medical experts and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, has determined that this global pandemic and the rise in COVID-19 cases warranted a difficult decision to limit attendance at the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies to a live audience composed of Members of Congress that resembles the State of the Union Address. They are also working on enhanced opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to the traditional televised national broadcast.
Since 1789, our country has carried out the tradition of inaugural ceremonies every four years— in times of peace, in times of turmoil, in times of prosperity, and in times of adversity. Inaugural ceremonies are a hallmark of American governance and democracy.
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