History of the American Inauguration

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, an inauguration is “the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period.” Every four years, our country holds an inauguration to mark the beginning of a new term. Our country has had an inauguration since the George Washington and just held the 58th formal Presidential inauguration on January 20th, 2017.

The Presidential Inauguration has been held at The United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C. It originally was held the front of the building but, is now held in the back of the building. To start off the ceremony, the new president and vice president take the oath of office. The oath of office states that they will carry out their duties and follow the constitution. After that, they swear-in and have a parade. After words, there are formal balls for the president to attend the band plays “ Hail to the Chief” and there is a 21-gun salute.

Presidential Inaugurations are not cheap. In fact, the inauguration for President is estimated to cost around $175 million-$200 million compared to Obama’s $170 million service. The Inauguration is payed for by private donations and tax payers. Tickets to attend range from about $300-$20,000. Security for the entire event is expected to come out to $100 million alone.

The massive amount of security is undoubtedly called for knowing the size of the crowds attending the inauguration. President Trump’s Inauguration had a maximum crowd of 900,000 people attending not including the demonstrations or riots. In 2009 President Obama’s inauguration pulled in a crowd of around 1.8 million attendees. Inauguration day is one of the busiest days for D.C. and its metro system. D.C. Metro released that it’s system had close to 600,000 entries.
This peaceful transition of power is broadcasted across America and is a staple in America’s democratic traditions. The Presidential Inauguration is an important day in American history and will forever be a life-changing event for Americans everywhere.