Inauguration Day is a Federal holiday in Washington D.C. in January every four years.
Inauguration Day marks the swearing in of the President Elect of the United States of America. The official transfer of power takes place at noon on 20 January. If 20 January falls on a weekend, the public ceremony may take place on a weekday.
The day is a holiday within the 'Inauguration Day area'. This includes federal employees working in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, as well as Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia along with the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia. It is only a holiday for those workers who were scheduled to work on that day.
The holiday is intended to permit government employees to attend the various inauguration ceremonies on the day and to alleviate traffic congestion in Washington D.C.
Did you know?
George Washington started the practice of swearing-in with the incoming president’s left hand on a Bible.