U.S. Presidential Inauguration Links & Information


Ten Things to Know about Inauguration Day


NEA Activities & Resources

  • Congress for Kids: Elections: The Inauguration

    A brief description of the inaugural ceremony and quiz for primary students.

  • Presidential Inaugurations: I Do Solemnly Swear

    Students in grades 3-5 discover how the Presidential Inauguration has changed over time and presents historical figures with archival materials.

  • Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day Includes brief discussions of five presidential inaugurations with links to related articles and activities, the text of the oath of office, and links to featured websites. Grades K-12.

  • “I Do Solemnly Swear…”

    A special online Library of Congress presentation with more than forty photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches representing eighteen presidents. Grades K-12.

  • “I Do Solemnly Swear...” Presidential Inaugurations

    This collection of 400 items at the Library of Congress includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. These items are related to inaugurations from George Washington's first in 1789 to Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Grades K-12.

Education World Lesson Suggestions:

  • Dear Mr. President - Students write letters to the new president, including goals they would like to see achieved in the new administration and good wishes to the president and his family. (Grade K-8)

  • Portrait of the President - Students use current photographs to create portraits of the new president. Grade K-5


Every four years, the United States holds a presidential election. The following January, the candidate who won is sworn in as President. This event is known as Inauguration, and happens on January 20th in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Constitution says that the president must recite the oath of office before being sworn in as the next president. Former presidents help set examples for future presidents by including certain activities in their Inauguration Day events.

The newly sworn-in presidents gives an inauguration address, or speech, after being sworn in as president. Inauguration also includes a parade where the new president and first lady walk from the U.S. Capitol down to the White House, greeting people along the way.

You can learn more about Inauguration, by taking the Inauguration Quiz and you can find more information on the day’s events at inaugural.senate.gov.