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Monday, 28 January 2013
For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, where the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration for Barack Obama has just took place. There have been 56 formal Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, held at over 10 different locations. Since George Washington in 1789, every President has delivered an Inaugural address, ranging from 8,445 words, to just 135. The first Inaugural ball in Washington was thrown for James and Dolley Madison in 1809, at Long's Hotel and there have been as many as 14 balls. The tradition of attending a morning worship service on Inauguration Day began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. Also by tradition, the outgoing President accompanies the President-elect to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony. Until 1937, the Vice President was sworn into office in the Senate chamber. Following the inaugural ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, the outgoing President and First Lady leave the Capitol to begin their post-presidential lives. Since 1953, the JCCIC has hosted a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol for the new President, Vice President, and guests, and while early parades were mostly military escorts, by 1841, floats, citizens groups, and bands became standard.
This website which has a great timeline of all the Inauguration ceremonies since they began on
April 30, 1789 for President George Washington and Vice President: John Adams, so check it out: