This Day in History: Inauguration Day

This Day in History: Inauguration Day


Since 1933, Inauguration Day has occurred on January 20 thanks to the 1933 ratification of the Twentieth Amendment which changed the date.

The inauguration of the President of the United States occurs upon the commencement of a new term of a President of the United States.

The only inauguration element mandated by the United States Constitution is that the President make an oath or affirmation before that person can “enter on the Execution” of the office of the presidency. However, over the years, various traditions have arisen that have expanded the inauguration from a simple oath-taking ceremony to a day-long event, including parades, speeches, and balls.

This day, now known as Inauguration Day, was on March 4 from 1793 until 1933.