WASHINGTON - Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn into office at noon on January 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The presidential oath is mandated by the United States Constitution. It is typically administered by the chief justice of the Supreme Court but that is not a requirement.
The mandated oath reads: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The ceremony is typically held in front of the United States Capitol facing the National Mall. Ronald Reagan started that tradition in 1981.
Preparations for the inauguration were underway before the election. An inaugural platform is already being built. A six-member Congressional committee oversees the inaugural ceremonies.
The committee says that it will plan for a traditional ceremony but will be able to scale it down depending on coronavirus concerns.
A parade down Pennsylvania Ave. is typically held after the inauguration. It was unclear if one would be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The former vice president, Joe Biden defeated sitting president Donald Trump on Nov. 3, 2020.
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