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Here’s how to watch the presidential inauguration.


President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration will be largely virtual, with events scaled back or moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The security measures in Washington after the attack at the Capitol this month further reduced the number of people who will attend in person.

The inauguration will begin around 11 a.m. Eastern. Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office just before noon on the West Front of the Capitol, where Mr. Biden will also deliver an address to the nation for the first time as president.

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the swearing-in, and Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks are also set to perform.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, along with their spouses, Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff, will then conduct a review of the military and visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. They will be joined by three former presidents and their wives: Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will head to the White House. Instead of a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue, a virtual procession will showcase performers and speakers from across the country.

The New York Times will stream the inauguration live, with real-time coverage and highlights from our reporters.

Here’s where else you can watch:

At 8:30 p.m. Eastern, Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute event that will include remarks from Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris and performances from Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen.

  • The New York Times will stream the prime-time celebration live.

  • ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC will air the special on television.

  • The Biden Inaugural Committee will run the official livestream on its website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

  • If you don’t have cable television, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, AT&T DirecTV and U-verse will also be carrying the special live.



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