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Everything you need to know about Inauguration Day

Today, Jan. 20, marks Inauguration Day. We've said goodbye to President Barack Obama, and now it's time to welcome President-Elect Donald Trump to the White House. We know you have questions about this day. Most importantly: What even is Inauguration Day? To help, we’ve put together a guide to get you in-the-know.

What is it?
A ceremony in which President Elect Donald Trump and Mike Pence will officially take on their elected titles. Inauguration Day festivities start with a church service in the morning and progress to the oath of office ceremony where the president-elect and vice president-elect are sworn in. After being sworn in, President Trump will make a speech called the Inaugural Address. Following his speech, they process down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inaugural Parade where they'll walk from the Capitol to the White House. Inauguration Day ends with inaugural balls.

Who takes part?
Obviously Trump, Pence and their families will be there, but that’s not all. Members of Congress attend, celebrities, as well as anyone who could get their hands on free tickets for the event.

Where does it take place?
The official Inauguration Day events happen on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Various venues throughout Washington D.C. host inaugural balls. There are also viewing parties held in across the nation.

When is it?
The ceremony technically starts at noon today, but the gates open at 6 a.m. in D.C. Music starts at 9:30 a.m., and opening remarks are made at 11:30 a.m.

What news outlets can I go to for more details?
CNN and FOXNews begin coverage at 5 a.m., C-Span starts at 7 a.m. and MSNBC starts at 6 a.m.

Who should I follow for updates on Twitter?
These are reliable sites that we recommend looking to for great news today and everyday:

+CNN Politics, @cnnpolitics
+C-Span, @cspan
+Politico, @politico

How will you celebrate Inauguration Day? What kind of president do you think Trump will be? Sound off in the comments.

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by Emily Cavanagh | 1/20/2017