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When will Joe Biden be inaugurated?

After the excitement of a US election, comes the inauguration, and the new term for a President.

The 2020 US election was a tight race, Donald Trump surpassed many early poll predictions – holding on to Florida and Texas, two divisive swing states – but Joe Biden made strong moves claiming big wins in the likes of California and Arizona.

Joe Biden was finally announced as the next president on Saturday, November 7, after his win in Pennsylvania took him to 284 electoral votes – 14 more than the minimum number he needed to win the presidency.

When will the next president be inaugurated?

When is Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day?

Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Inauguration Day marks the swearing in of the newly elected President and will take place even if there isn’t a ‘new’ president and the incumbent is sitting their second term.  

The inauguration has fallen on the same day for over 70 years.

Since 1937, it has taken place at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 20, the first day of the new term.

Even on the three occasions this date fell on a Sunday, the president was privately sworn in at this time, but the public ceremony was held the day after.

What happens on Inauguration Day?

The new President will take the Oath of Office, where they will recite to a Chief Justice: ‘I 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.’

The well-known and often-repeated line of ‘So help me God’ is not actually part of the official oath, though it is often said after the oath has been taken.

It is thought Abraham Lincoln was the first President to say this line, and many others have followed.

Since the 1981 inauguration of Ronald Reagan, the inauguration has taken place at the west front of the United States Capitol facing the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the nearby Lincoln Memorial.

After being sworn in, the President will make their first official address of the term – referred to as the inaugural address.

Depending on the candidate, there could also be prayers, poems read out and performances from celebrity fans.

Beyoncé performed at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and country star Toby Keith sang at Donald Trump’s in 2017.

What are Joe Biden’s key policies?

You can read more about Joe Biden’s plans and policies on his website.

When does the next president take office?

Joe Biden will take office as soon as he is sworn in on his Inauguration Day.

He will be given the full powers of the president, and can get to work in implementing his policies.

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