When does Donald Trump get sworn into office?


The people have spoken, and Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. After beating out opponent Hillary Clinton with 276 electoral votes, Trump won over the support of majority disaffected white voters who carried the real estate magnate and reality television star to the position of commander in chief.

But president-elect Trump still has some time before he can change the name plate on the Oval Office door, as the official transfer of power from President Barack Obama to Trump won't take place until Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, when Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take their oaths of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. 

Trump will be sworn in at exactly 12 p.m. Eastern, which is when his term of office officially begins.

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As always, Americans all around the country will be able to see the ceremony broadcast live on television. If, however, you'd rather head to Washington, D.C., and witness the historic occasion in person, it's best to start planning now: Americans who'd like to attend the inauguration can contact their local representative or senator, who will have a limited number of tickets available for constituents to attend the swearing-in ceremony on the Capitol grounds. 

Tickets may be distributed at the individual politician's discretion (whether through a lottery system or on a first-come, first-served basis), so Americans hoping to score one should contact their local representatives as soon as possible. Those without a ticket can also watch the ceremony from the National Mall, where Jumbotron screens will broadcast the ceremony to give attendees a closer look.


After the ceremony has concluded, the Trump will take part in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. 

Though there are a few ticketed areas along the parade route, members of the public are free to stand along most places on the parade route to see the new commander in chief as he passes by. Those willing to pay to avoid the crowds (and the January cold) can also head to the Newseum for their Presidential Inauguration Celebration Experience, which will include a view of the parade from the museum's prime Pennsylvania Avenue location and a full slate of presidential activities and programming.