The inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Jan. 20 will probably be totally different from previous ceremonies. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is urging individuals to remain house to maintain massive crowds from probably spreading the coronavirus, and there’s heightened safety after a violent assault on the Capitol.
However there are nonetheless methods to take part with out grand, in-person festivities.
Forward of the occasion on Wednesday, the committee is inviting individuals to add movies of themselves on its web site with hopeful messages, visions for the nation or notes on unity. Or, ship a selfie and chances are you’ll be a part of an augmented actuality expertise. Kids can take part, too, by sending letters to Ms. Harris — who will make historical past as the primary lady and lady of coloration to grow to be vice chairman — with questions, concepts, recommendation or the rest they’d wish to share.
On Jan. 19, be a part of a nationwide tribute in honor of those that have died from Covid-19. A lighting ceremony will probably be held across the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 5:30 p.m. Jap. Communities throughout the nation can take part by ringing church bells or illuminating buildings.
If you wish to rejoice the inaugural with others on social media, obtain festive visuals from the committee’s web site, corresponding to cowl photographs or Zoom backgrounds, and share posts with the hashtags #InaugurationDay or #Inauguration2021. (Discover directions at bideninaugural.org.)
On Jan. 20, watch the swearing-in ceremony stay on the committee’s YouTube channel, on The New York Occasions web site or on main networks, together with CNN, ABC and CBS. The occasion will happen someday earlier than midday and can characteristic appearances by Woman Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. Afterward, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will take part in a conventional navy assessment, meant to represent the peaceable switch of energy, and go to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery with three former presidents — a nod to the inauguration’s theme, “America United.” There are additionally plans for a televised digital parade with performances from across the nation.
Then, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Jap, Tom Hanks will host a prime-time particular that includes Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and different stars, in addition to appearances by Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris. Watch it on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, or stream it on Fb, YouTube, Twitter or Twitch.