2009 Presidential Inauguration Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 18

Inaugural Kick Off at the Lincoln Memorial

Free, 2 p.m.

President-elect Obama will welcome visitors and the event will be broadcast on HBO. Performers will include Beyoncé, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Sheryl Crow, Bono, John Legend, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, will.i.am, Martin Luther King III, Jamie Foxx and others.

Presidential Film Festival

S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institute


10 a.m. – “JFK”

1:30 p.m. – “The American President”

4 p.m. – “Dr. Strangelove”

onday, Jan. 19

National Day of Community Service


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all are encouraged to volunteer around D.C. The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the GU Medical Center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and a Social Action Boot Camp will be held in the Intercultural Center beginning at 9 a.m. featuring workshops and various speakers.

artin Luther King Jr. Day “Refresh the World” Symposium

Cramton Auditorium at Howard University

Free, Tickets Required, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Series of five sessions featuring Mayor Adrian Fenty, Spike Lee, Queen Latifah, Sean Combs, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

Presidential Film Festival

S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institute


10 a.m. – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

1:30 p.m. – “All the President’s Men”

4 p.m. – “My Fellow Americans”

“Let Freedom Ring” Concert

The Kennedy Center

Free, Tickets Required, 6 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Georgetown University, the concert will feature the Aretha Franklin, Nuttin’ but Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, National Mall

Free, 10 a.m., gates open at 8 a.m.

Ceremony will feature welcoming remarks by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), musical selections from Aretha Franklin and John Williams, featuring Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. President-elect Obama will be sworn in by noon.

Inaugural Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue

Free, 2:30 p.m., open to public at 7 a.m.

Will feature military regiments, marching bands and floats.

Youth Inaugural Ball

$75, Time: TBD

Newly sworn-in President Obama and Vice President Biden will attend. MTV will broadcast the event, which it promises will feature “top recording artists” to be determined. Call 202-651-2009 for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

National Prayer Service

Free, Time: TBD, Washington National Cathedral

Led by the Rev. Sharon Watkins, the service will feature prayers and hymns from various religious leaders.

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