Updated Jan 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

In photos: The Biden and Harris inauguration

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House January 20
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with first lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

  • Lawmakers gathered for the peaceful transfer of power two weeks after an unprecedented siege on the Capitol building by Trump supporters to disrupt the certification of Biden's victory. Trump did not attend Wednesday's ceremony.
In photos
 In this screengrab, Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff watch fireworks during the Celebrating America Primetime Special on January 20
Vice President Kamala Harris and first gentleman Doug Emhoff watch fireworks during the Celebrating America Primetime Special. Photo: Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images
Biden steps out of "The Beast" to join a brief inaugural parade.
Biden steps out of "The Beast" to join a brief inaugural parade. Photo: Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images
Photo of Joe Biden signing an executive order in the Oval Office
Biden signs one of a series of first-day orders. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty
Photo of a bust and framed photos sitting in the Oval Office
Photos of Biden and his family in the Oval Office. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty
Photo of Joe Biden with one hand on a stack of executive orders in the Oval Office
Biden and the stack of executive orders. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty
Joe and Jill Biden walk in the inaugural parade
The Biden family walks the abbreviated parade route after inauguration. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Photo of Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff watching troops march in front of the U.S. Capitol
The new president and vice president watch as troops march in front of the Capitol. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
Biden and Harris pay their respects in front of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Biden and Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Photo of Jill Biden bending over to embrace Joe Biden
The president is embraced by Jill Biden after taking the oath of office. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Photo of Kamala Harris embracing Doug Emhoff
Harris with Emhoff after being sworn in as the 49th vice president. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Kamala Harris is sworn in
Harris is sworn in as vice president. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Amanda Gorman
Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Lady Gaga in a gown
Lady Gaga at the ceremony. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Biden and Obama
Biden greets former President Obama after his inauguration. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/pool/AFP via Getty Image
Joe and Jill Biden
The Bidens at the ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
Kamala Harris greets Mike Pence
Harris greets Vice President Mike Pence as she arrives at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Chief Justice Roberts
Chief Justice John Roberts leads the U.S. Supreme Court Justices at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Mitt Romney
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Greg Nash/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Ted Cruz in a face mask
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz wearing a face mask that reads "Come and Take It", at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Cruz led a group of senators to oppose certifying state Electoral College votes for Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Hillary and Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 20. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Obama at the ceremony. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Lindsey Graham
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
National Guard members stationed near the Capitol
National Guard members at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders on the phone at the Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the inauguration. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Mike Pence
Pence at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Former President George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush at the inauguration. Photo: Patrick Semansky/pool/AFP via Getty Images
Klobuchar
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
The lectern
The podium at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty Images.
The Capitol building decorated in American flags
Harris applauds as Biden arrives for his inauguration. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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