President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will make history when they stand in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., this week to be sworn in as our next President and Vice President of the United States, respectively. With the pandemic and extra security in place, the historic day won’t look like previous inaugurations, but you can still attend the ceremony virtually. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 59th inauguration online, including start times, who’s scheduled to perform and more.
When is the Presidential Inauguration?
The inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. According to a description of the schedule on the official Biden Inaugural Committee site, “After they take their oaths of office, President-elect Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation.”
What Time Does the Inauguration Start?
The President-elect and Vice President-elect will take office at noon ET on January 20, 2021. However, some of the day’s festivities will begin earlier, including the National Anthem at 11:30 a.m. ET, and “Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americas,” which will be hosted by Keke Palmer, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
While officials are discouraging people from gathering in Washington for the inauguration, you can watch it from just about everywhere on-screen. Most of the major networks will air the inauguration this Wednesday, January 20, including ABC, CBS and NBC, so if you have conventional cable, you can catch it on your TV. The ceremony will also be available online.
If you have WiFi access, you can stream the inauguration on bideninaugural.org and on YouTube and watch the ceremony for free.
We also found three streaming service packages that will let you stream the inauguration online and watch the event on popular cable news networks like CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. Sign up for these services now and get instant access (no setup or installation time necessary). A bonus: after Wednesday, these streamers also get you must-watch series and live TV like the Super Bowl.
Hulu + Live TV: With Hulu + Live TV you’ll get instant access to watch the inauguration on CNN, CNBC, and the big three networks like NBC, CBS and ABC (check Hulu’s site for exact availability). In addition to live TV, you’ll have plenty to scroll through with Hulu’s large collection of TV shows, movies and Hulu originals. Right now you can also sign up for Hulu’s Live TV bundle that lets you stream Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ and live TV for $71.99 a month. Going with this bundle also means you can stream the upcoming Super Bowl and shows like Marvel’s WandaVision.
Sign up for Hulu here and get a 7-day free trial to stream the Inauguration online. You can continue with your plan or cancel anytime.