Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States – Official Inaugural Ball Schedule!

4 12 2008

20 January 2009

Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States!

Image Courtesy of UPI.com

Image Courtesy of UPI.com

Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress; interested parties must contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators for further information.

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

IT’S HERE!!!! The Official Inaugural Balls that Hottie-Elect Obama and VEEP-Elect Biden will attend are:  

  • Neighborhood Ball for D.C. residents and other invitees at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Home States Balls (Hawaii and Illinois) for Obama at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Home States Balls (Pennsylvania and Delaware) for Biden at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Five Regional balls for Invited Guests from other U.S. states and territories (tickets are $150): 
  • Eastern Inaugural Ball (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR and USVI) at Union Station
  • Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball (MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ and WV) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Midwest Inaugural Ball (KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI and MO) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Southern Inaugural Ball (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN and TX) at the National Guard Armory
  • Western Inaugural Ball (AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball (Enlisted active duty and reserve military) at the National Building Museum

Official Schedule of Inauguuration Activites as provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

Saturday, January 17th
President-elect Barack Obama will be holding an event in Philadelphia, before boarding a train bound for our nation’s capital, acquiring Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family in Wilmington, DE, then stopping in Baltimore, before arriving in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, January 18th
President-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome free public event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families, joined by Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area.

Free, public youth concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. ; the concert will be free, but tickets are required.

Tuesday, January 20th – Inauguration Day
The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony.  Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

•    Musical Selections:  The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
•    Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
•    Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
•    Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
•    Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
•    Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma  (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
•    President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
•    Inaugural Address
•    Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
•    Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
•    The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. 

Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official Inaugural Balls (see above). 

Wednesday, January 21st
The newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will participate in a prayer service.

Check often as The Faux Socialite© will provide detailed information about the Inaugural Ball and other festivities surrounding this momentous event!

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