From virtual watch parties to live streaming online, Michiganders celebrate the historic ceremony from the comfort—and safety—of home.
MICHIGAN—In a historic inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take office on Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.
In the past, Michiganders from the shores of Lake Superior to the Ohio and Indiana borders have boarded buses, planes, and even trains to trek to the nation’s capitol to witness the ceremonial changing of the guard.
With added security measures in place to keep attendees safe from both the coronavirus and domestic terror threats this year, most Michiganders will have to settle for watching the festivities from home.
For the first time in US history, a woman will be sworn in as vice president. Kamala Harris has also broken barriers as the first Black and first Indian person to ascend to the vice presidency.
Whether you’re looking for local political commentary or a star-studded celebration of America’s new leaders, we’ve got the virtual events to put in your calendars.
Before Inauguration Day, a first-of-its kind inaugural concert will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. Michigan-born comedian, actor, and producer Keegan-Michael Key will host the show along with Debra Messing who rose to fame for her role as “Grace” on the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace.”
The concert is meant to act as a fundraiser for ActBlue Civics, a charity that puts small donations from everyday citizens to civic use. Proceeds from the concert will go toward funding other inaugural week events.
Anyone can attend the virtual concert for $5, but the greater the donation, the more perks and prizes are awarded along with the virtual ticket.
Scheduled performers include Connie Britton, Carole King, James Taylor, and Will.I.Am.
Click here for more information on the We the People inaugural concert.
But the real celebrations begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with the official inauguration of the Biden-Harris team. The ceremony will begin at noon and will feature performances by Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.
Here’s how you can watch from home:
The Ceremony Itself
The official inaugural website will stream the ceremony. The Biden-Harris team is also planning live streams on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch.
Click here for details.
Connecting with Neighbors
The Michigan Democratic Committee is hosting a virtual yoga event leading up to the inauguration. Attendees will learn more about the strength, stretch, and meditation practice before joining in an actual yoga class.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 1 p.m. Click here to register.
Michigan United will also host a virtual watch party beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m.—no yoga required. Click here for online registration.
For Hosts With the Most
The Democratic National Committee is asking people to consider hosting their own virtual watch parties. The online events will connect the host to watch party attendees online, from the safety of their own homes.
Click here to sign up to host your own virtual watch party.
The inauguration ceremony will be broadcast on all major networks, and several cable television stations. Check your local listings for channel information. Many broadcast channels will also stream the event on their websites.
The After Party
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., after the ceremony has ended, a free virtual concert will feature Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and more. The show will be streamed live on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.