How To Watch The Presidential Inauguration

by Joseph D. Lyons

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States may not have sounded appealing as of late. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has had a hard time finding singers other than Jackie Evancho and 3 Doors Down to perform, and some of the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took issue with their planned performances. The one main event that you have been able to count on is Trump's swearing-in ceremony. But would that motivate you to tune in? Here's another reason. Hillary Clinton announced that she and Bill would attend the event. So how do you watch the inauguration? It depends if you want to go in person or not.

If you want to go in person, you will need to decide whether you want to try and get a ticket or watch from the areas on the National Mall that are open to the public. If you want a ticket, you'll need to contact a senator or representative's office and ask for one. They might want to make sure you're a constituent, and the tickets are limited, so act fast. If you're fine watching from further back, you just need to show up on Jan. 20 close enough to a big screen TV to see what's happening.

Of course, a much easier option is to watch from home. The inaugural ceremony will broadcast on all the main news channels — both over the air and cable news. These same channels — among them ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN — will have online streaming options too. If you're not a cable subscriber or are watching from outside the United States, C-SPAN is also a great option. They have online streaming and an Apple TV app too that you can access from anywhere. Twitter will also be streaming the inauguration live at, and you don't even have to have an account to watch.

As for Hillary Clinton, she will be there with her husband Bill, who will be fulfilling his role as a former president in observing the peaceful transition of power. George W. and Laura Bush will also be in attendance. The Bushes said they're "pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power – a hallmark of American democracy – and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice-President Pence." That is likely the same motivation for the Clintons.

As for the entertainment, the list is still rather thin. Rebecca Ferguson, a former contestant from the British version of X-Factor said that she would consider performing if she's allowed to sing the song "Strange Fruit," a 1937 protest song against racism in the United States — particularly lynching.

Should the Trump inauguration team accept her offer, that would be another reason to tune in.