On the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, succeeding Barack Obama.
A reported 800,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration and parade in Washington, including outgoing President Obama and his family, former Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, as well as his wife, Hillary, who Trump beat in the November 2016 election.
President George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized earlier this week, will reportedly not attend due to his health.
The number of expected attendees is similar to that of Obama's second inauguration in 2013.
The 58th inauguration is a free event and open to the public, but those wishing to attend need to contact a local representative from their Congressional districts for tickets.
The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and Trump is due to be sworn in at about noon. He will then proceed to the parade, which will conclude at about 3 p.m.
Later that night, Trump and his third wife, Melania, will attend a series of inauguration balls to celebrate the occasion.
Security will make up a constant fortress around the areas and will feature 13,000 members of the National Guard, who are expected to lend their assistance to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.
A pro-marijuana organization, which helped pass Initiative 71 that made marijuana legal in D.C., is planning on handing out 4,200 joints to anyone willing to take it during the Inauguration.
Adam Eidinger, who is the founder of DCMJ, the organization who helped push for Initiative 71, which made it legal for anyone in Washington, D.C., to carry up to two ounces of marijuana legally, told CNN: “We're being proactive to share marijuana, which is our right, before it's too late. We also want to educate Trump supporters that we can do this legally."
Trump has flip-flopped on his stance about the legalization of marijuana. He told the Washington Post in 2015 that it should be up to the state. In the past, he has been firmly against the legalization of pot.
Anyone planning on a last-minute trip to the city and wishing to stay in D.C. may be out of luck, as nearly all hotels in the area — including the Trump International Hotel in the city, are sold out. A room inside the infamous Watergate Hotel for the night of January 20 will run you $2,200 because only suites are available.
The largest inauguration was Barack Obama’s 2009 swearing-in, which featured more than 1.8 million people. Surprisingly, it was not the first induction that was streamed online – Bill Clinton’s 1997 swearing in was the first to be broadcast live on the internet.
The first televised Inauguration was Harry Truman’s in 1949 and William McKinley taking the oath of office in 1897 was the first ever filmed and recorded with motion picture cameras.
America’s very first Inauguration took place in New York City inside Federal Hall and featured the swearing-in of George Washington. He is not the only president to be sworn in outside of Washington. His successor, John Adams, took the oath of office in 1797 inside Philadelphia’s Congress Hall.
When Vice President Chester A. Arthur heard President James Garfield has been assassinated in 1881, he was inside his Lexington Avenue apartment in New York City. Officials from the area performed an ad hoc inauguration inside the building in 1881. The building still stands in Manhattan.
In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was summoned to the Adirondack Mountains in New York State to succeed William McKinley following his assassination in Buffalo. Roosevelt was sworn in inside the home of a friend named Ansley Wilcox. The area is now a historic landmark.
In 1923, President Warren G. Harding died unexpectedly in San Francisco when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was vacationing in Vermont. Following the passing of the president, Coolidge was immediately sworn in at his family’s homestead. That area is also presently a historic landmark.
One of the most famous non-traditional inaugurations in history was that of Lyndon B. Johnson, which occurred on Air Force One moments after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. It was the first time a president was sworn in by a woman, as U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes had Johnson place a hand on the Bible and read the oath.