This article provides all the information you need to know about about the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, including where and when to watch it via free online live stream and on live TV.
Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term as president of the United States on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The official Oath of Office will be taken at 12 p.m., followed by the Inaugural Address.
The occasion marks the 57th such inaugural in American history, according to the White House, and will be attended by many of Washington's leading politicians, members of the Obama family including first lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Sasha and Malia, and other national luminaries.
ABC News and Yahoo! News are working together to present online live streaming coverage of the 2013 Inauguration. You can view all the action starting at 9:30 a.m. EST Jan. 21 by clicking on this link.
The theme of the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies is "Faith in America's Future," and the event comes at a time of great turmoil in America's history, as gun violence, enduring economic troubles and congressional gridlock pose a number of challenges that Obama and the nation will have to face during the course of the president's second four-year term.
The "About" section of the official 57th-Inauguration website provides the following explanation of this year's historic event:
"From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremonies represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership," the site reads. "As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past."
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is the chairman of this year's Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and he has led the bipartisan Inaugural team in preparing a host of events to mark the occasion.
Next comes what is seen by many as the most important and interesting of the day's activities, the President's Inaugural Address, which has historically been seen as one of every president's most sacred duties, and will surely go down in history as one of Obama's most enduring speeches. It will likely lay out his vision for his second term in office, while paying homage to the historical underpinnings of the important day.
The Inaugural Ceremonies will continue with a host of other events including the Inaugural Luncheon, the Inaugural Parade and, at last, the formal Inaugural Ball. The first Inaugural Ball was held by James and Dolley Madison in 1809.
Inaugurations typically take place on Jan. 20, but because that day is a Sunday this year, it will be held the following day. This marks only the seventh time in American history that the constitutionally mandated Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration date will be on a Sunday, and as such, the White House will likely host a private swearing-in ceremony, in keeping with a tradition that goes back to 1917, according to an explanation on the official Inaugural website.
Further information about the 2013 Inauguration can be found by visiting the Inaugural's official website at this link, which provides details about how to get tickets to attend the proceedings, the historical background of the Inaugural, the events that will take place on Jan. 21 and more.