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Did you know that, from 1793 – 1933 Inauguration Day was held on March 4th? Starting in 1937, after the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, the inauguration for the President and Vice President of the United States takes place on the January 20th after a presidential election. The inauguration marks the start of the President’s new 4-year term in office. Around noon, the President and Vice President are sworn into office at the Capitol Building. Traditionally there are also parades, speeches, prayers, and musical performances. The shortest inauguration speech was 135 words and the longest was 8,495 words!

We hope that you have a commemorative day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.

Bonus Facts:
If January 20th falls on a Sunday, the Inauguration Ceremony is held on January 21st.

The Constitution does not list an oath for the Vice President.  The traditional oath used for the Vice President is:

I, <name>, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

The oath for the President of the United States is mandated by the United States Constitution. It states:

I, <name>, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.

Most of the Inauguration Day events are tradition. The only event that is mandated by the Constitution is the President’s oath. The location and even the person administering the oath can be changed. The office that organizes Inauguration Day events is the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

There is no requirement for a book to be used to administer the oath of office. However, traditionally the Bible is used. Presidents have also used a book of laws, a Catholic missal, or no book at all.

The oath of office has been administered by the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, Chancellors, chief judges of circuit courts, notary publics, and federal judges.

Currently the inauguration takes place on the Capitol’s West Front, weather permitting. During inclement weather, the inauguration moves indoors. Between the presidencies of Andrew Jackson and Jimmy Carter, the Capitol’s East Portico was used. The inaugurations of 1817 and 1945 were held at different locations due to the War of 1812 and World War II.

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