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, as we prepare for the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremonies represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past.
Discover how the Inaugural Committee came to be, how it is formed and its purpose.
Facts, Firsts and Precedents
March 4, 1849 fell on a Sunday, so following precedent, Taylor was Inaugurated the next day, Monday, March 5, 1849.
Inauguration Day Events
Step through a typical day for the president-elect, from the morning worship service to the nighttime Inaugural balls.