By J. Jala | 09:39 PM January 20, 2021
Tens of thousands of American flags — rather than massive crowds of people — will stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as President-Elect Joe Biden will on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, take the oath to become the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 49th Vice President.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee has installed some 191,500 U.S. flags of varying sizes on a swath of the long, grassy park to represent the American people who cannot attend Biden’s inauguration.
The public art display, which covers the National Mall from 3rd Street to 13th Street, is illuminated by 56 pillars of light and includes flags for every U.S. state and territory.
The so-called Field of Flags reflects “our commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home,” the committee said.
Inauguration Day Schedule
All times listed below are Mountain Time.
6:45 a.m. President-Elect Biden will attend a church service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Mr. Douglas Emhoff.
8:30 a.m. President-Elect Biden scheduled to arrive at the U.S. Capitol
9:15 a.m. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin.
10 a.m. Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States. Kamala Harris will be sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Biden will deliver an inaugural address.
11:40 a.m. President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a military briefing.
12:25 p.m. President Biden, the first lady, Vice President Harris and the second gentleman will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary.
1:15 p.m. Presidential escort to the White House.
3:15 p.m. President Biden scheduled to sign executive orders in the Oval Office.
3:45 p.m. President Biden will swear in presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony from the Oval Office.
6:48 p.m. “Celebrating America” inaugural program.
7:55 p.m. President Biden and the first lady will make an appearance on the Blue Room Balcony.