Inauguration Day occurs in the USA once every four years on January 20. It occurs in the year after presidential elections have been held.
Is Inauguration Day a Public Holiday?
Inauguration Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
What Do People Do?
The new terms of office of the president and vice-president officially begin at noon in Washington DC.
On Inauguration Day the candidates, who won the elections in the previous year, are sworn into office as president and vice-president of the United States. The swearing-in ceremony takes place at the U.S. Capitol and is organized by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. It is usually followed by a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.
The new president watches the parade from the presidential viewing stand in front of the White House. The route of the parade is often lined by thousands of people. However, many Americans watch the ceremony on television or listen to it on the radio.