Joe Biden inauguration: How to watch with friends and family on Yahoo

Julia Munslow
·2 min read

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at noon ET at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Yahoo News will host special coverage of the event beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Themed “America United,” the 59th inaugural celebration will feature a virtual parade and a military escort to the White House.

Lady Gaga, who campaigned for Biden, will sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance. Leo J. O’Donovan, a Jesuit priest and longtime friend of Biden’s family, will deliver opening remarks. Andrea Hall, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3920, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance; Amanda Gorman, the first-ever national youth poet laureate, will give a poetry reading; and the Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman will give a closing benediction. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer Biden’s oath of office.

The event will be scaled back and have much smaller crowds than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

While the National Mall will be closed to the public on Jan. 20, you can still watch the historic inauguration and special Yahoo News coverage live with friends and family using Yahoo’s Watch Together feature.

How to use the Watch Together feature for the 2021 presidential inauguration:

  1. Grab your computer (feature available on desktop only)

  2. Go to

  3. Create a room

  4. Invite friends and family to the room

  5. Watch and chat for free during the live stream

To watch the inauguration and special Yahoo News coverage live, you can also tune in on or the Yahoo channel on Apple TV.

The inauguration and expanded Yahoo News coverage will also stream on Yahoo News’ app and social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.

That night, Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute television special called “Celebrating America” in lieu of normal in-person festivities. The program is intended to “spotlight American heroes” and will include performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi. The program will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and be streamed live on, the Yahoo News app and social media channels.

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