Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th US president on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The official time for his swearing-in is noon eastern time, but coverage of the event will start at 9:30 am ET. Kamala Harris will also make history as she becomes the first woman vice president and the first Vice President who is Black and South Asian. Coverage of the inauguration will be on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
That evening Tom Hanks will host a 90 minute Prime Time Special called “Celebrating America.” The event will be headlined by Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi, and R&B singer Ant Clemons. It airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Amazon Prime Video.
You can stream the inauguration coverage and the “Celebrating America” special for free by taking advantage of the free trial offered by the following streaming services:
- Hulu Live TV – Offers a 1-week free trial and carries MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox in most markets. (see our review)
- FuboTV – offers a 1-week free trial and carries MSNBC and Fox News along with ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox in most markets. (see our review)
- YouTube TV – offers a 1-week free trial and carries MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News along with ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS in most markets. (see our review)
You can watch on your TV by adding the specific streaming app to your streaming device (Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) or on your iOS or Android Mobile device.
Of course, you can watch ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS free using a TV antenna, as we described in our guide to watching local channels without cable. You can also check out any of the guides below and learn how to watch a specific channel covering the inauguration.