The presidential inauguration ceremony symbolizes the national renewal and the continuity of leadership for the U.S. government. In this ceremony, the president is sworn into office by taking the Presidential oath of office.
The United States Inauguration ceremony occurs every four years on January 20th. It occurs in each year following a presidential election. The first presidential inauguration occurred in 1789 when the first president, George Washington, took office. His inauguration ceremony took place in New York City. The first presidential inauguration held in the nation's current capital was held for President Thomas Jefferson in 1801. The inauguration ceremonies for all vice-presidents and presidents have since been held in Washington, D.C.