Tom Hanks is set to host a primetime special “Celebrating America” TV special to mark the inauguration of honoring President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. A 90-minute star-studded concert special is coming to primetime in celebration of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden.
On Jan. 20, stars and musicians are coming together to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. These virtual events, featuring Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen, among others, will kick off this weekend and wrap on the evening of Inauguration Day.
Check out the upcoming event schedule and time on primetime “Celebrating America” Special
“America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers” (Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.) – From the Biden-Harris Inaugural Committee, this livestream program will feature trailblazers Whoopi Goldberg, Darren Criss, the Resistance Revival Choir, Cristela Alonzo, Nik Dodani and the Black Pumas.
Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing’s Pre-Inauguration Concert (Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET) – Hosted by Key and Messing, the Pre-Inauguration Concert will feature performances from Carole King, Will.I.Am, James Taylor, Fall Out Boy, Connie Britton and Kal Penn, among others. Money raised from ticket sales will go toward inauguration programming.
“United We Serve National Day of Service” (Jan. 18) – This virtual concert on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will remember the late civil rights movement activist and celebrate Biden’s upcoming inauguration. Aloe Blacc, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Chesca, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rosario Dawson, Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Patrick Thomas, Diane Warren, Lynn Whitfield and Bebe Winans are among the stars who will make appearances.
“Official Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience & Promise” (Jan. 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET) – Eva Longoria Bastón will host the special featuring appearances from Edward James Olmos, John Leguizamo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Becky G, Ivy Queen, Former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz aka Big Papi, Erik Rivera, Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, and Nicholas Gonzalez. Musical performances include Gaby Moreno featuring David Garza; an Emilio Estefan-produced performance of “One World, One Prayer” by The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Shaggy, Farruko and Cedella Marley; Reyes spoken word performance of “The Promise,” Gilberto Santa Rosa; Mariachi Nuevo Santander performing “This Land is Your Land”; All-Star Tejanos United performing “America The Beautiful: A Salute to the Latino Imprint” and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis Miranda.
Swearing-in Ceremony (Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. ET) – Wednesday morning’s inauguration ceremony will showcase Lady Gaga’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” as well as a musical act from Jennifer Lopez.
Virtual “Parade Across America” (Jan. 20 at 3:15 p.m. ET) – Hosted by Tony Goldwyn, the virtual parade will include performances representing all U.S. states and territories. The University of Delaware and Howard University drumlines will kick off the parade by escorting Biden and Harris from 15th St. to the White House. The special will feature appearances by Jon Stewart, New Radicals, Andra Day, TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca and DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic with Earth Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers and Kathy Sledge.
Creative Coalition’s Presidential Inaugural Ball (Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET) – Featuring a special performance by “Hamilton” star Christopher Jackson, the quadrennial event will bring together Hollywood talent, members of Congress and other industry professionals. More than two dozen Congress members will join stars to commemorate Biden’s inauguration and to support the arts.
“Celebrating America” Primetime Special (Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET) – This 90-minute TV special, hosted by Tom Hanks, will celebrate Biden’s inauguration with performances from Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi and Ant Clemons. Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will also make appearances. The program, airing on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS, will also honor American heroes who are serving their communities, including frontline, health care workers and teachers.
Watch“Celebrating America” Primetime Special Live on TV and Stream online
Five networks will be hosting the event: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Celebrating America will also stream on the Biden Inaugural Committee’s YouTube Channel, and will be broadcast across social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and NewsNOW will also be streaming the event.
How to watch, schedule of events for Inauguration of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
Here’s what we know so far, and how to watch . All times listed are Pacific Standard Time.
5 a.m.: Outgoing President Donald Trump will hold a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
8 a.m.: Biden is expected to arrive at the U.S. Capitol.
8:30 a.m.: Inauguration ceremonies are expected to begin. The Rev. Leo O’Donovan, a former Georgetown University president, will give the invocation. Andrea Hall, a firefighter from Georgia will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem.
Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, will give a poetry reading. Rev. Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Delaware will give the benediction.
Just before 9 a.m.: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice, will swear in Kamala Harris, the first Black, South Asian and female vice president.
9 a.m.:Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Biden will then deliver an address laying out his vision to “defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation,” according to the official inauguration website.
Following the swearing-in, the president, first lady, vice president and second gentleman will participate in a Pass in Review with members of the military, a long-standing military tradition that reflects the peaceful transfer of power.
After 11 a.m.: The president, first lady, vice president and second gentleman will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush and former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
After noon: Biden will get a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House with every branch of the military represented. A virtual “Parade Across America” also will be televised and streamed live.
5:30 p.m.: A 90-minute “Celebrating America Primetime Special” will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature remarks from Biden and Harris, and celebrity remarks and performances.