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How to watch Inauguration Day 2021 in UK: Start time today, live stream and TV schedule as Joe Biden sworn in

The i 20/01/2021 Joanna Whitehead
Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Mr Biden will become the 46th President of the United States (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP) © Provided by The i Mr Biden will become the 46th President of the United States (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP)

President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on 20 January 2021, when he will become the 46th President of the United States.

Inauguration Day is the formal ceremony marking the start of a new presidency.

Vice-President Kamala Harris will also take the oath of office at the event.

But with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing and the recent riots in the US Capitol still fresh in the public’s memory, this year’s celebrations are expected to look very different from previous years.

Here’s everything you need to know about this historic day in US politics.

When is Inauguration Day?

a bridge over a body of water: Mr Biden’s inauguration will take place behind closed doors in Washington DC (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Mr Biden’s inauguration will take place behind closed doors in Washington DC (Photo: Getty)

Inauguration Day takes place on Wednesday 20 January 2021, as per the US constitution.

Opening remarks are scheduled for around 11.30am EST (4.30pm GMT), with Mr Biden and Ms Harris sworn in at midday.

The new President will move into the White House later in the day, his home for the next four years.

When will President Trump’s term come to an end?

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Donald Trump’s presidential term will end on inauguration day (Photo: Reuters) © Provided by The i Donald Trump’s presidential term will end on inauguration day (Photo: Reuters)

Mr Trump’s presidency will come to an end when his term expires at midday on 20 January in line with US law.

Where will the inauguration take place?

As is tradition, the inauguration ceremony will be held in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, the site of riots just over a week ago.

Construction of the parade platform for the event has already begun.

How can I watch the proceedings?

a statue of a person: Kyriaki Chris, of Virginia, waves a Biden-Harris flag near the Lincoln Memorial on 14 January 2021 in Washington DC (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) © Provided by The i Kyriaki Chris, of Virginia, waves a Biden-Harris flag near the Lincoln Memorial on 14 January 2021 in Washington DC (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

You’ll be able to watch the action unfold on this page with a live stream.

The BBC will also host live build up and coverage from Washington DC of the inauguration from 4pm on the day of the event.

Proceedings will also be broadcast by all major American news networks, such as CNN and Fox News, with streaming available on their social media platforms.

Who will be performing?

a woman holding a sign: Lady Gaga speaks prior to Joe Biden at a drive-in rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP) © Provided by The i Lady Gaga speaks prior to Joe Biden at a drive-in rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP)

Mr Biden and Ms Harris will be joined by Lady Gaga, a strong supporter of the incoming administration who campaigned with Mr Biden leading up to the election.

She will sing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will also sing as part of the ceremony.

After the new President is sworn in, actor Tom Hanks will host 90 minutes of television, a Covid-appropriate replacement of the usual in-person celebrations that traditionally follow.

He will be joined by Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Jon Bon Jovi.

This will also be broadcast across all major US networks and streaming platforms, with the exception of Fox News, a conservative network that has supported Mr Trump throughout his presidency.

Will Donald Trump attend the inauguration?

Although outgoing Presidents traditionally attend to watch the next President be sworn in, Mr Trump has declared he will not be attending the event.

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Mr Trump tweeted on 8 January.

Vice-president Mike Pence has said that he will attend, however.

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