ABC News Guide to the Inauguration

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president continues through the early hours of Wednesday morning as celebrants dance the night away at inaugural balls.

Below is a schedule of official events and information on how you can tune in to see the historic happenings on ABC News and ABCNews.com.

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Highlights: President-elect Obama's Inauguration Schedule
 

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Tune in to ABC News and ABCNews.com for full coverage of these events.

8:45 a.m. ET: Obamas attend a private service at St. John's Episcopal Church
10:00 a.m. ET: Obama meets with President Bush at the White House for coffee, together they travel to the Capitol for inauguration ceremony.
11:30 a.m. ET: Official inaugural ceremony begins.
12:00 p.m. ET: Obama is sworn in as president and delivers inaugural address. (Read the transcript of Obama's full speech!)

1:00 p.m. ET: President Obama and Vice President Biden attend luncheon at the Capitol
1:30 p.m. ET: President Bush Depart Washington DC
2:30 p.m. ET: Inaugural parade begins, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join inaugural motorcade.
8:00 p.m. ET: Obamas host first-ever Neighborhood Ball at the Convention Center, the premiere event of inauguration evening, broadcast exclusively by ABC and including live coverage of the President and First Lady's first dance of the night and President-elect Obama's initial speech of the evening, alongside performances and appearances by some of the nation's top recording artists and stars.

Over the course of the evening and into the night, the president and first lady will make stops at ten official inaugural balls across Washington, D.C.

Neighborhood Ball at the Convention Center
Obama Home State Ball at the Convention Center
Biden Home State Ball at the Convention Center
Mid Atlantic Ball at the Convention Center
Western and Southwestern Regional Ball at the Convention Center
Midwest Regional Ball at the Convention Center
Commander in Chief Ball at the National Building Museum
Youth Ball at the Washington Hilton
New England Ball at Union Station
Southern Regional Ball at DC Armory

ABC News Inauguration Day Broadcast Schedule

Tune in to ABC News and ABCNews.com for full coverage of these events.

7:00 a.m. ET: A special extended edition of "Good Morning America" anchored by Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion from the Library of Congress.
9:00 a.m. ET: ABC's digital network, ABC News NOW, will provide live Inauguration Day coverage co-anchored by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein
9:30 a.m. ET: Live network coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration anchored by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos broadcast from the Newseum.
11:30 a.m. ET: ABCNews.com offers live streaming coverage of President-elect Barack Obama's oath of office and inaugural address.
6:30 p.m - 8 p.m. ET: An expanded World News with Charles Gibson.
8 p.m. ET: ABC's live broadcast ofThe Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration," with an exclusive look inside this historic event that will include the President and First Lady's first dance of the night, President-elect Obama's initial speech of the evening, and performances and appearances by some of the nation's top recording artists and stars.
10 p.m. ET: ABC News Special "A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama" anchored by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos going live to Inaugural Balls and tracking the President and First Lady as they continue their celebration throughout Washington.
11:35 p.m ET.: On ABC News' "Nightline," anchors Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran recap the big day and report live from the inaugural balls as the Obamas make their late-night circuit.

ABC News' coverage of Inauguration Day begins at 7 a.m. ET with a special three-hour edition of "Good Morning America" hosted by Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Chris Cuomo and Robin Roberts from the Library of Congress.

At 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT, Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage of Barack Obama's inauguration. Broadcast from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, coverage includes all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama's inaugural address to the inaugural parade, as well reaction from around the nation and the world to this historic event. ABC News' all-day coverage will include our reporters around the city, covering the parade and official events and providing analysis of the upcoming challenges for the new administration and the legacy of the outgoing Bush Administration. The anchors will be joined by commentators George Will, Cokie Roberts, Matthew Dowd and Donna Brazile, as well as presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Carl Sferazza Anthony.

From 11:30a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT to 1:30a.m. ET/11:30a.m. PT, ABC News Digital will provide extensive coverage of the historic day's events. ABCNews.com will offer live streaming coverage of President-elect Barack Obama's oath of office and inaugural address embedded directly on the Homepage.

ABC's digital network, ABC News NOW, will provide live Inauguration Day coverage co-anchored by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein, Senior Political Reporter and Author of "The Note," beginning at 9a.m. ET and continuing until 11p.m. ET.

The President-Elect's Inauguration Day Schedule

8:45 a.m. ET: President-elect Obama attends a private church service at St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. St John's is known as the "church of the presidents," as every American president has worshipped there at some point since President James Madison.

10:00 a.m. ET: President-elect Obama meets with President Bush at the White House and together they travel to the Capitol for the inaugural ceremonies.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET: The official inaugural ceremony includes an invocation by Pastor Rick Warren, musical selections from Aretha Franklin, Itzak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma, a benediction from Richard Lowery and a poem by Elizabeth Alexander. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office. Following the swearing-in, the new president will deliver the inaugural address.

12:45 p.m. ET: Following the swearing-in, President Obama will escort outgoing President Bush to a departure ceremony at the Capitol.

1:00 p.m. ET: President Obama, Vice President Biden and their families will attend a lunch hosted by Congress in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

2:30 p.m. ET: The inaugural parade begins as the president and his family enter the motorcade and continue down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. At the White House, they will enter the president's viewing box and watch the remainder of the parade, which will include participation from marching bands and groups from across the country

The Inaugural Balls

8:00 p.m. ET: President Obama hosts the first-ever "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball," the premiere event of inauguration evening. To help bring the unique event to neighborhoods across the nation, ABC will broadcast "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration," giving everyone an exclusive look inside this historic event that will include the president and first lady's first dance of the night, President Obama's first speech of the evening and performances and appearances by some of the nation's top recording artists and stars. The event will air live from the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network.

10 p.m. ET: Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos anchor the ABC News Special "A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama." This news program will take the audience live to inaugural balls and track the president and first lady as they continue their celebration throughout Washington. Also, a team of ABC News correspondents will report on the special significance the day holds for millions of African-Americans; the amazing lengths many Americans are going to just to be in Washington for the inauguration; and world reaction to Obama's promised effort to unite the nation.

11:35 p.m. ET: On ABC News' "Nightline," anchors Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran recap the big day and are live from the balls as the Obamas make their late-night circuit.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is hosting 10 official celebratory balls around Washington D.C., Monday evening. The president and first lady are expected to appear at each of them.

The Neighborhood Ball, the Obama Home States Ball, the Biden Home States Ball, the Western Ball, the Mid Atlantic Ball and the Midwestern Ball will be held at the Washington Convention Center.

Other official balls include the Youth Ball at the Washington Hilton, the Commander in Chiefs Ball at the National Building Museum, the Eastern Ball at Union Station and the Southern Ball at the D.C. Armory.