Biden’s inauguration marks the official start of his four-year term and, due to COVID and security concerns, will take place without much pomp and fanfare.
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President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office Wednesday, but it will be a stripped-down inauguration like we’ve never seen before.
The festivities have been scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Biden’s inaugural committee has urged Americans not to travel to Washington to keep crowds to a minimum.
The National Mall also will be closed to the public because of security concerns related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Normally, thousands of people gather on the Mall to watch the swearing-in of the new president. This year, thousands of National Guard troops are stationed in the nation’s capital.
It will also be the first time in 150 years that the outgoing president will boycott the inauguration of his successor.
President Donald Trump, still bitter over the election, is skipping the ceremony and many of the time-honoured traditions that come with a peaceful transfer of power.
Biden will take the oath of office on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, but there will be no public parade from the Capitol to the White House.
The ceremony will be largely virtual, and the Inaugural Balls will be replaced by a prime-time television special.