May 29, 2023

Here’s how to watch Inauguration Day 2021

This year, Inauguration Day promises to be unlike any other. Not only are we swearing in President-elect Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president only 14 days after an attempted coup, we are also swearing in Kamala Harris as the very first woman, Black person, and South Asian person as vice president. Huzzah! 

The event is expected to begin around 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and will feature performances from Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. In the evening, a primetime special entitled Celebrating America will air for 90 minutes from 8.30 p.m. ET. It’ll be hosted by Tom Hanks and will feature Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Foo Fighters among others.

There will be several ways to watch the historic event. Network television will, of course, be airing it, including NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and PBS. Each network will have separate coverage schedules starting as early as 9 a.m. ET on Jan. 20.

To stream the event, viewers can tune into any of the network’s online platforms if they have a cable package, or tap into free trials and free streaming services, including:

  • The Roku Channel, which will have free inauguration coverage through ABC News, Cheddar, NBC News NOW, and Newsy

  • FuboTV, which has a 7-day free trial, and gives you access to 100+ live TV channels, including most network news television. After the free trial, it costs $64.99/month.

  • Hulu with Live TV, which also has a 7-day free trial and offers similar live news channels, plus original Hulu content, for $64.99/month

Certain news networks will also be streaming online without a cable login required, including: