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It’s Inauguration Day. Here are some facts about the history of Inauguration Day.

Learn More About the History of Inauguration Day

Learn about these facts of Inauguration Day!

As a democracy, we reserve the right to elect our leaders. Once every four years, we cast our votes for the highest office in the nation, President of the United States of America. Once the president has been elected, he or she must take office after a formal ceremony known as the Presidential Inauguration. This year, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the President on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be interesting to share some facts about Inauguration Day.

The Significance of Inauguration Day.

Inauguration Day is a special ceremony that upholds the tradition of democracy in the United States. It symbolizes the transfer of power from one president to the next.

Fun Facts.

  • The shortest presidential inaugural address was 135 words. This speech was given by George Washington.
  • The first inauguration on film was recorded in 1901 during the inauguration of President William McKinley.
  • An inauguration ceremony takes place for each term of a president, even if the President continues in office for a second term.
  • Since 1937, Inauguration Day takes place on January 20 following the presidential election.
  •  The term of a president commences at noon (EST) on that day when the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president. However, when January 20 falls on a Sunday, the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president on that day privately and then again in a public ceremony the next day, on Monday, January 21.
  • From the presidency of Andrew Jackson through that of Jimmy Carter, the primary Inauguration Day ceremony took place on the Capitol’s East Portico.  Since the 1981 inauguration of Ronald Reagan, the ceremony has been held at the Capitol’s West Front.
  • The inaugurations of William Howard Taft in 1909 and Reagan in 1985 were moved inside the Capitol because of cold, wintry weather.
  • When a new president assumes office intra-term due to the incumbent’s death or resignation, the inauguration is kept low key, and conducted without pomp or fanfare.

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