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Virginia Inauguration Weekend for Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin: what we know

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Richmond is gearing up to welcome incoming Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin this Saturday, Jan. 15. Youngkin, a Republican, will be the Commonwealth's 74th governor.

The theme is “Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia Together," reflecting the spirit of America's founding fathers but also liberty, freedom, and unity while looking ahead to the state's future.

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“The theme for inauguration weekend celebrates Virginia’s spirit—one linked to a rich history, but an even more exciting future as Virginians come together to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Governor-elect Glenn and Suzanne Youngkin.

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Caption: Glenn Youngkin describes his Day 1 goals as he's set to take office Saturday.{p}{/p}

Here's what we know:


Spirit of Sisterhood Tea

Virginia’s next First Lady, Suzanne Youngkin, will host a women’s tea at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday. The event pays tribute to the strength, talents, vibrancy, and determination of Virginia women past and present, and toasts their role in shaping the personality and uniqueness of the Commonwealth. (Ticket required)

Spirit of Virginia Welcome Reception (Friday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m.)

Since America's colonial days, Virginia has been synonymous with warm hospitality. The Inaugural Committee will share Virginia’s welcoming spirit with a welcome reception on Friday. Governor-elect Youngkin is expected to speak at the Omni Hotel. (Ticket required)

Spirit of Imagination Dinner (Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.)

Governor-elect Glenn and Suzanne Youngkin will host a black-tie dinner at The Science Museum of Virginia on Friday. The Science Museum was chosen because of its role in inspiring Virginians to imagine and innovate, two important actions needed in changing the trajectory of the Commonwealth. (Ticket cost: $10,000)

Spirit of Faith Prayer Breakfast (Saturday, Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) 

Faith has been a guiding force and source of strength in the Youngkins' lives since their engagement. As Youngkin prepares to be sworn in, he and Suzanne will host a prayer breakfast on Saturday. (Ticket cost: $50)

Caption: Prayer Breakfast for Gov-elect Glenn Youngkin (7News)


Following the breakfast, Youngkin will take part in a key exchange with Gov. Ralph Northam and then will do a meet & greet with former governors. 

Inaugural Ceremony (Saturday, Jan. 15 at noon)

On Saturday, Youngkin will be sworn in along with Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares. This will take place at the Portico at the State Capitol. (Open to the public)


Spirit of Community Inaugural Parade (Saturday, Jan. 15 from 1:20 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)

The Inaugural Parade will take place following the Swearing-In Ceremony and will reflect Virginia’s spirit of community and will showcase groups from all corners of the Commonwealth. Parade participants will march through Capitol Square, and attendees will have a front-row seat to witness the great people that embody the Spirit of Virginia. The parade will begin outside the State Capitol. (Open to the public)

“The inaugural parade will bring Virginians together to celebrate the virtues, diversity, and spirit of Virginia. We are excited that members of the Virginia National Guard, Virginia university and high school students, NASA representatives, the great men and women of our law enforcement, among others will be joining the festivities. This will be a unique and momentous celebration that honors every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Youngkin.

The Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will lead the parade with a joint color guard representing the Virginia Army National Guard, the Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force. The parade will also feature The Virginia Military Institute Cadets, Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, The Norfolk Academy Basketball Team, James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, The Broken Men Foundation, Great Falls Boy Scouts, Youngkin for Governor Coalitions, The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Color Guard, Gregory Guard and Regimental Band, the “Highty Tighties," The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, The Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball Team, Hampton University Marching Force, The Salty Southern Route, Brunswick Tourism, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops & NASA Langley Facilities, Richmond Motor Speedway, Martinsville Motor Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, Spearhead Trails, Virginia’s Law Enforcement, Oakland Springs Farm and The Virginia Union University Choir.

Several college and university mascots will also attend: Virginia Tech’s Hokie Bird, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rodney the Ram, George Mason University’s the Patriot, the University of Mary Washington’s Sammy D. Eagle, Virginia Union University’s the Panther, James Madison University’s the Duke Dog, and University of Virginia’s Cavalier.


Spirit of Celebration ( Saturday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Boots over ballgowns -- Governor Glenn and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin will host a casual and welcoming gathering at Main Street Station featuring live music and foods from different regions of the Commonwealth. The event will feature live music and food from around the state. ($200 ticket Required, Sponsorship packages run as high as $100,000)

Spirit of Togetherness Open House (Sunday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.) 

The Governor and First Lady will open the doors of the Executive Mansion for an open house on Sunday, January 16, 2022. (Open to the public)

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The Richmond Police Department released a list of road closures for Saturday's inauguration:

Here are the no parking zones, which will be enforced from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15:

  • E. Broad St. between N. 5th & N. 14th St.
  • N. 8th St. between E. Broad & Main St.
  • N. 9th St. between E. Broad & Main St.
  • E. Grace St. between N. 8th & 9th St.
  • E. Franklin St. between N. 8th & 9th St.
  • E. Main Str. between N. 8th & 14th St.
  • N. 12th St. between E. Main & Bank St.
  • N. 14th St. between E. Broad & Main St.

The following streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15:

  • 900-1300 Blk. E. Main St. between N. 9th & 14th St.
  • 800 Blk. E. Grace St. between N. 8th & 9th St.
  • Bank St. between 12th & 14th St.
  • S. 10th St. between E. Main & Cary St.
  • S. 12th St. between E. Main & Cary St.
  • S. 13th St. between E. Main & Cary St.

Any cars in the no parking zones will be towed.


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