From winter gear to brave the cold on the US Capitol steps to cozy home celebrations, Michiganders are celebrating the beginning of the next chapter of American history.
MICHIGAN—Wednesday’s inauguration was inspiring for people across the country, but some Michiganders seemed to be particularly excited to see the first woman sworn in as vice president of the United States, and to see Joe Biden’s return to the White House—but this time, as president.
Naturally, everyone who wanted to travel to Washington couldn’t, due to crowd restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Families took to social media to show their support for President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Moms Demand Action volunteer Mary Miller wrote on Twitter that she was celebrating the inauguration with her “favorite campaign volunteer.”
And this Michigan teacher donned her pearls in honor of the first woman vice president, writing on Twitter, “Some pearls, some tears, but mostly just relief and joy.”
Facebook user Linda K. Eastman joked that she was watching the inauguration with “that woman from Michigan.”
But some people chose to celebrate the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris differently. These Michiganders received COVID vaccines.
Facebook user Jodie Mitchell-Spicko posted a portrait of her parents on Wednesday. They both received their first dose of the COVID vaccine on Inauguration Day.
“Celebrating getting their 1st covid vaccine and the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” she wrote.
Beaumont Health Labor and Delivery Nurse Natosha Stafford also marked the day with a COVID vaccination dose—her second and final.
But the first place any of us usually learns about civics and government is in the classroom. These Michigan teachers paused regular lessons to allow students to witness history being made.
“Watching an inaugural celebration for young Americans with my 4th grade class in Michigan,” Godwin Heights Public Schools teacher Kim Tidey wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for providing this amazing resource for our kids!”
Teacher and Twitter user @teresedanielle’s classroom watched the same program. She thanked actress KeKe Palmer for hosting the virtual event for kids.
State Sen. Adam Hollier, who posted a meme to social media expressing his joy over the occasion.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attended the historic inauguration with her two daughters.
Other local lawmakers were also in attendance at the socially distanced event that required masks.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence posed for a photo with her sorority sisters from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a Black Greek letter organization.
She kept many Michiganders in the loop with her tweets throughout the day.
Michigan women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gave words of encouragement to the country’s first woman vice president, who happens to be their sorority sister.
And Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist took the time to post a video marking the importance of the day.