Inauguration Day 2021

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office on January 20, 2021. Here’s a run-down of the ceremony and Biden’s first day as the president.


Graphic by Angelica Henson.

Joe Biden was sworn into presidency Wednesday, January 20, making him the 46th President of the United States, with Kamala Harris taking the oath of office to be the 49th Vice President. 

The inauguration ceremony was held at the U.S. Capitol’s West front. The first Latina justice, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath for Harris, the first Black, South Asian and female vice president while Supreme Court Justice John Roberts administered the presidential oath of office for Biden. 

Former President Donald Trump announced prior to the inauguration that he would not be attending and left before the ceremony began, but former Vice President Mike Pence did attend the inauguration along with his spouse. 

National Guard members lined the front of the Capitol as Former Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush entered the ceremony alongside their wives. Each watched as Biden and Harris were publicly sworn in and Biden then delivered his inaugural address.

Several performers came to the inauguration such as artists Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Jennifer Lopez and poet Amanda Gorman. Gaga led the ceremony with her rendition of the national anthem and Lopez gave a musical performance during the swearing-in ceremony. After the inaugural address, Gorman shared her poem “The Hill We Climb.”

Biden set to work at the Oval Office after the inauguration at the US Capitol. In his first acts as president, he signed 15 executive orders – the first to boost the federal response to the coronavirus crisis, according to CNN. A concert marked the end of Inauguration Day with performances by The Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Demi Lovato kicking off the start of Biden’s presidency.