May 27, 2024

Your guide to Trump’s Inaguration

What is happening and how you can watch it.

WASHINGTON D.C. - JULY 15, 2016 – The Capitol’s West Balcony during a rushed period of repair for the imminent inauguration.

Thousands will flock to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol to witness Donald J. Trump take the oath of office as he pledges to defend the Constitution for the next four years.

Trump will stand on the West Balcony in the footsteps of many praised political relics to come before him such as Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

With some donning American flags and pushing patriotism, others are not so optimistic. Small groups of protests have already begun. Though it is unclear what Trump’s legacy will be in office, he will make history as the president to have the lowest incoming approval rating, according to Politico.

Festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the swearing-in proceeded by a parade and a ball. Here’s how you can watch the fanfare and what it means:


Swearing-In, Friday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m.:

With his hand on two bibles, Trump will utter the oath highlighted in Article II Section I of the U.S. Constitution to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John G. Roberts, Jr.:

“I [insert name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.”

Immediately following the oath will be Trump’s inaugural address.


Inaugural Parade, Afternoon of Jan. 20:

As any student at UT knows, the Inaugural Parade has caused quite a stir. UT’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band will participate in the celebration march led by then-President Trump and soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence down Pennsylvania Ave. Organizations and groups such as the Armed Forces, Girl Scouts USA, Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team and Navajo Code Talkers Association to name a few will be involved in the fanfare. For the full list of participants, click here.


Inaugural Balls, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.:

Dignitaries and other invitation-holders are expected to dance the night away at one of two inaugural balls. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the National Building Museums are both serving as the location for the celebratory events. Trump is expected to speak at both.


How To Watch:

Streaming Websites:

Reuters TV

CBS News



ABC News with a 360 degree virtual reality stream

Bloomberg Politics

CBS News


USA Today

The Washington Post,



PBS NewsHour and Twitter have partnered to stream coverage at @NewsHour.



ABC News

PBS Newshour



Live Blog:

Business Insider

Chicago Tribune

Featured image by McKenzie Manning

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

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