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Why is inauguration Day always January 20th (except if the 20th is a Sunday, in which case it's the 21st)? I mean why specifically THAT day instead of some other date like January 5th or January 31st or February 3rd or whatever?

Other than the inauguration every 4 years, what's so special about January 20th?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Apr. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Except for Washington's first inaugural, when he was sworn in on April 30, 1789, all presidents until 1937 were inaugurated in March in an effort to avoid bad weather. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution (passed in 1933) changed the inaugural date to January 20. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Second Inauguration was the first to have been held on that date.

    The date of January 20th for the presidential inauguration was established by the 1933 ratification of the Twentieth Amendment, which changed the start date of the new presidential term from March 4th.

    The reason given was that due to the modern conveniences of better communications, the election results could be confirmed faster than in olden times. They did not want to make our Congress and president wait until almost the end of the first quarter of the year to begin their service.


    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 3:25 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I'm sure it's some sort of a tradition thing. Like Easter is always on a Sunday, Thanksgiving always on a Thursday, etc etc. Maybe you can find the answer by googling.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:05 AM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • Always is, even on a Sunday they become president at midnight.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Apr. 13, 2009