Presidential Inauguration this Martin Luther King Day Weekend By Tod Aronovitz | 01/18/13 | 0 Comment

President Obama will be officially sworn into office for his second term this Sunday, January 20th, at noon. A public swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Monday at the U.S. Capitol.

Click on the link to visit the official website for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The theme for this 57th inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future.”

A National Day of Service kicks off the inaugural weekend on Saturday, January 19th. President Obama and his family will be participating in DC area service projects, and they encourage Americans across the country to do the same in their local community.

Inauguration Day Festivities

The President’s first official event on Monday, January 21st, will be a morning worship service. He will then travel in a procession to the U.S. Capitol for the swearing-in activities and a luncheon.

The President’s Inaugural Address also takes place on Monday. George Washington, the country’s first president, started the tradition of an inaugural address when he was sworn into office April 30, 1789.

The Inaugural Parade is another well-known custom to recognize the day. The President and his family, along with members of Congress and other dignitaries, will watch the parade from the Presidential Reviewing Stand.

Members of the public who want to participate in Inauguration Day festivities will be able to gather on the Washington Mall between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from 7th street to the Washington monument.

Inaugural Balls mark the evening with gala dinners, dances and celebrations across the city.

Martin Luther King Day

This year, Martin Luther King Day coincides with the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. President Ronald Reagan established the holiday in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. It is held on the third Monday of January, which is close to Dr. King’s birth date on January 15, 1929.

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