Washington, DC is rich with inaugural history since the ceremony began here in 1801 and is proud to host this peaceful transition of power.
- On April 30, 1789, the first president, George Washington, took the oath of office in New York City.
- Since Thomas Jefferson took his oath of office here in 1801, only four presidents have taken their oath outside of Washington, DC.
- In 1981, the inaugural stand was set up on the traditional West Front of the Capitol.
- Additional inauguration history is available from several federal partners including: