Biden-Harris Inauguration: 7 ways it’s different from swearing-in ceremonies of the past. At the US Capital on Wednesday, US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will swear. They will do it in at a scaled-down inauguration ceremony, markedly different from any that the nation has ever seen. The event will take place amid increased security and a small audience. Under the shadow of the recent siege on Capitol Hill and the rapidly growing caseload of coronavirus. But those are not the only two variables that make the inauguration of Biden special.


Although the typical aspects of the ceremony will remain the same, such as the oath of office. There are many striking variations from previous presidential inaugurations.

200,000 flags placed to represent missing crowd

Almost 200,000 flags put along the National Mall. Where thousands of cheering Americans may otherwise will gather first hand to witness the inauguration. To represent the crowd that will not attend this year’s ceremony.

The field of flags, an art project that covers the National Mall in downtown Washington DC from 3rd Street to 13th Street, was illuminated for the first time on Sunday night, The Hill announced.

Trump isn’t going to attend

President Donald Trump stated earlier this month that he would not attend the inauguration of Biden-Harris. According to AP, he’s the first sitting president since Andrew Johnson to miss swearing in his successors.

Trump will to fly to his beachside home in Florida hours prior to the inauguration, the Guardian reported. But, AP reported, Vice President Mike Pence and many other close aides of his would not be present at his sendoff. However, they will be present at the swearing-in ceremony of the new president, as per sources.

The FBI is vetting all service members for fear of insider attack.

Ahead of the inauguration, the FBI is vetting all service members station in the Capital. As Defense officials have expressed questions about a potential insider attack, AP reported. This comes after it was revealing that the siege of the Capitol building included many members of the law enforcement agencies and the military.

Increased security presence

Biden will be sworn in under the watchful eyes of around 20,000 National Guard soldiers after the Capitol Hill riot, who were stationed in DC to deter any more violent uprisings in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration, the Washington Post reported.

Airports beef up secure, adding over 880 to the no-fly list

Airlines and airports have ramped up their security measures ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. By enforcing heavy fines, the Federal Aviation Administration has said it would crackdown on unruly travellers. Several airlines have also prevented weapons from being searched by travellers travelling to Washington.

Biden’s post-inauguration TV show post TV special

Following the swearing-in ceremony, there will be no inauguration balls, as is the custom elsewhere. Instead, the inaugural committee of Biden is creating a 90-minute television special featuring celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi.

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