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WASHINGTON (KWWL) -- Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. The ceremony, however, will be the 59th inauguration as a president is sworn in every four years even if it is for their second term.
Because of the pandemic and the violent attack at the Capitol two weeks ago, Biden's inauguration ceremonies will look vastly different than years past.
Less than 2,000 people will be in attendance. The FBI previously warned of the potential for armed protests leading up to the presidential inauguration. In response, as many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be stationed in Washington, D.C. to respond to security threats.
President Trump's departure
President Donald Trump will not be attending Biden's inauguration. Instead, he will be leaving Washington on Wednesday morning en route to Florida. A ceremonial farewell is scheduled at Joint Base Andrews at 7:15 a.m. CT. Air Force One is scheduled to depart at 8 a.m CT.
You can watch Trump's departure here.
When is the Oath of Office given?
The Oath of Office will be given at Noon, Wednesday, Jan. 20 as outlined by the Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution.
What time is the inauguration and how can I watch from home?
There will be a special edition of TODAY with continuing coverage throughout the day.
While there will not be an Inauguration Day parade in D.C., a virtual "Parade Across America" will air following Biden being sworn in and escorted to the White House.
And instead of the usual inaugural ball, a prime-time special will be broadcast live beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 20. The special program is called "Celebrating America" and will be hosted by Tom Hanks. It will also be streamed live.
When are the events before Inauguration Day?
On Monday, The PIC will host an hour-long celebration that will feature entertainers, speakers, and stories celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris administration around 8 p.m. ET. Click here to stream.
On Tuesday, Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education will provide a virtual learning program for educators, students, and families. The stream will feature Dr. Jill Biden as well as behind the scenes access to the event. The program is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET. Click here to stream.
The PIC will also host a memorial on Tuesday to honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country. The memorial will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. Click here to stream.
Who are the celebrities performing at the inauguration?
Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi and Demi Lovato, are set to perform in a 90-minute primetime TV special hosted by actor Tom Hanks.
Who is in charge of the inauguration?
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is responsible for the planning and execution of the Inaugural Ceremonies of the President-elect and Vice President-elect.
The JCCIC has carried out this tradition since 1901. The members of the committee include Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steven H. Hoyer, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
Who is attending?
President Donald Trump said he will not be attending the event on Jan. 20. Trump plans to leave Washington the morning of Inauguration Day.
Traditionally, the JCCIC would distribute 200,000 tickets at the Capitol and provide ticket bundles to Members of Congress.
This year, Senators and members of Congress will receive a ticket for themselves and a plus-one.
Public health protocols, such as including face-coverings and social distancing, will be in place.