"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. " --Presidential Oath
The president and vice president officially take office on Inauguration Day. By law, the president must take the oath of office before noon on January 20. Since Jan. 20, 2013 is on Sunday, there will be a private ceremony on that day, with the public ceremony on the 21st. After a morning worship service, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court administers the oath at the U.S. Capitol. Tickets are required for the ceremony. Those who attend can watch and listen to the ceremony on large screens set up along the National Mall. After the parade, the president and vice president attend a Congressional luncheon.
The Inaugural Parade, also on January 21, 2013, is open to the public and televised for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are not required, and spectators all allowed to line up along the parade route after 7 a.m. The parade begins at the steps of the U.S. Capitol and proceeds along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Areas from2nd through 14th streets provide pedestrian access to the parade. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which coordinates the parade, includes members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Since 1789, the armed forces have participated in this exciting American tradition.
Inaugural balls and galas take place at venues throughout Washington, D.C. during inaugural week. The Presidential Inaugural Committee plans about 10 official, invitation-only balls. The president and vice president and their families usually attend these events. The State Societies of Washington, D.C. and a variety of other organizations plan unofficial balls. Dozens of events will be announced in the coming weeks. Because plans for many events are not finalized until a few weeks before the inauguration, you should continue checking online for updates.