United States presidential inauguration
The inauguration of the president of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term. The inauguration takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term. Since 1937, it has taken place at noon EST on January 20, the first day of the new term, some 72 to 78 days after the presidential election.
About United States presidential inauguration in brief
The inauguration of the president of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term. The inauguration takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term. Since 1937, it has taken place at noon EST on January 20, the first day of the new term, some 72 to 78 days after the presidential election. Recitation of the presidential oath of office is the only component in this ceremony mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Since the 1981 inauguration of Ronald Reagan, the ceremony has been held at the west front of the Capitol facing the National Mall with its iconic Washington Monument and distant Lincoln Memorial. Inauguration Day, while not a holiday, is a holiday by federal employees who would be working in the “Inauguration Area”; this includes the District of Columbia and Prince George’s counties. There is no in-lieu-of holiday for students who are not regularly scheduled to work or attend school on Inauguation Day. Most presidential inaugurations have been held in Washington D.C. since 1801; the first was at Federal Hall in New York City and then at Congress Hall in Philadelphia, each time at the first time in 1801. The last regularly scheduled inauguration not to take place at the Capitol was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fourth inauguration in 1945, which washeld at the White House. In 1985 and 2013 these ceremonies were televised; in 2006 and 2008, they were televised live on CNN and other networks; in 2009 and 2010 they were streamed live on YouTube; in 2011 and 2012 they were live on the CNN iReport app; in 2012 and 2013 they were webcast live on iReport.
The ceremony itself is carried live via the major U. S. commercial television and cable news networks; various ones also stream it live on their websites. In modern times, the president took the oath on a Sunday in a private ceremony and repeated it the following day among all that pomp and circumstance. In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was sworn in secretly on March 3 due to the controversy over the Compromise of 1877. This resulted in several anomalies: The Presidency was technically vacant for 24 hours in 1821, and in 1849, it is alleged that Senate President pro tempore David Rice Atchison was president for a day. Irregular inaugurations occurred on nine occasions intra-term, after the death or resignation of a president. Others, in addition to the chief justice, have administered the oath of. office to several of the nine vice presidents who have succeeded to the presidency upon their predecessor’s death or resign intra- term. When it did, the public inauguration ceremony would take place on Monday, March 5. This happened on four occasions, in1821, 1849,. 1877,. and 1917, where it has remained since. The first inauguration, that of George Washington, took place on April 30, 1789. All subsequent inaugurations from 1793 until 1933, were held on March 4, the day on which the federal government began operations under the Constitution in 17 89.