Fun Facts about Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day is just around the corner. This event happens only once every 4 years and is a great chance to teach your kids a little about American history and the United States government.

Here’s the basics of the day – The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will read the Oath of Office outside the Capitol Building and the President and Vice President will swear to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and to be faithful to the Constitution. After the official ceremony, there will be a huge parade up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. There will be official meals and parties the rest of the day.

Here are 6 Fun Facts about Past Presidential Inaugurations:

  1. The youngest president to be sworn in was Theodore Roosevelt at the age of 42

  2. Ronald Reagan was the oldest man, just 17 days short of his 70th birthday

  3. James Buchanan’s inauguration, in 1857, was the first to be photographed

  4. Bill Clinton’s 2nd inauguration was the first to be live-streamed on the internet

  5. William Henry Harrison delivered the longest Inaugural address, at 8,445 words in 1841

  6. George Washington delivered the shortest speech at 135 words during his 2nd inauguration

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