A look back at all the Inauguration Day festivities

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Donald Trump and his family, joined by the Vice President and his wife Karen danced to "My Way," by Frank Sinatra at the Liberty Ball.

They will now attend the Freedom and Armed Services balls to close the Inauguration Day festivities.

9:35 p.m.

The President and First Lady have arrived.

"That is what I call great talent," Trump said paying tribute to the night's performers.

"Well, we did it," he said to the crowd.

9 p.m.

Still no signs of the First Family at any of the Inaugural Balls. Reports suggest Trump could make an appearance sometime around 10:30 p.m. His first stop will be at the Liberty Ball where he will likely dance the first dance with his wife to "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.

In the meantime, performers are keeping the party going on three different stages.

8:30 p.m.

The White House is putting a freeze on any new regulations and halting ones that former President Barack Obama's administration had started.

A memo from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says federal agencies shouldn't submit any completed regulations to be published in the Federal Register until President Donald Trump's administration can review them.

The memo also freezes any regulations that were in the pipeline to be published. Regulations that have already been published but haven't kicked in are to be postponed for 60 days to allow for a review.

Priebus says the White House budget director can grant exceptions to allow critical regulations to move forward.

The memo is similar to one that Obama's chief of staff issued the same day Obama was inaugurated in 2009.


8:15 p.m.

Protesters and an Associated Press photographer say police fired rubber projectiles at them during demonstrations against President Donald Trump in downtown Washington.

An AP photographer says he was hit three times by projectiles — once on his left shin and twice on his right — while covering demonstrations Friday.

A photo of a spent canister appears to show the bottom part of a "rubber sponge." The foam-nosed projectile is launched at high-speed by police as a form of less lethal force.

District of Columbia police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says police did not use rubber bullets but would not comment on whether they used rubber sponges. He says he will "gladly provide" a comprehensive after-action report once the demonstrations wrap up.


8:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is already making some changes to the Oval Office.

A bust of Winston Churchill was visible as reporters were allowed in to watch Trump sign an executive order.

Former President Barack Obama had been criticized for removing the bust. But Obama had said the Churchill bust remained in a prominent White House location outside his private office where he could see it every day.

A rug Obama had in the Oval Office that had quotations along its border has been removed.


7:45 p.m.

The Inaugural Balls begin.

The three balls running concurrently are: the Liberty, Freedom and Armed Services.

7:35 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence has sworn in President Donald Trump's nominees to run the Pentagon and the Homeland Security Department.

Retired Gen. James Mattis took the oath of office to be defense secretary. Retired Gen. John Kelly took the oath to be homeland security secretary.

They were sworn in Friday during a hastily arranged ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the vice president's suite of offices is located. The building is part of the White House campus.

7:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.

Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer refused to offer details on the order.

Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other top advisers as he signed the executive order on the so-called "Obamacare" law that he opposed throughout his campaign.

Trump also formally signed the commissions of incoming Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The White House says Priebus was also sending a memorandum to agencies and departments instituting an immediate freeze on regulations. No additional details were immediately available.

Asked about his first day as president, Trump says, "It was busy but good — a beautiful day."

7:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump is using his first written statement as president to call on the Senate to confirm the rest of his nominees.

Trump says he is pleased that the Senate on Friday confirmed John Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department and James Mattis at the head of the Defense Department. Trump is calling them "uniquely qualified leaders" who will start immediately to rebuild the military, defend the U.S. and secure its borders.

Trump says the Senate should fulfill its constitutional duty by swiftly confirming the rest of his nominees. He says they're highly qualified. Trump says he needs them confirmed so "we can get to work on behalf of the American people."


6:50 p.m.

The parade for newly sworn-in President Donald Trump is over, shifting the celebration to its third act — a trio of balls. Trump and first lady Melania are expected at all three.

Two balls will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The third, the "Salute to Our Armed Services Ball," will take place at the National Building Museum.

The celebrations come after Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president and the Senate confirmed his picks to lead the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.


6:40 p.m.

The First Family is getting ready for the Inaugural Ball.

6:25 p.m.

D.C.'s police chief has confirmed at least 217 arrests were made during inauguration protests; 6 officers were hurt.

A small group of people were armed with crowbars and hammers.

6:03 p.m.

See photos from inside the Inaugural Ball here, as the president prepares for the evening's festivities.

5:50 p.m.

Protesters were sitting in the road at 14th and K in Downtown D.C.

(WARNING: Video below may contain explicit language)

Protesters also burned newspapers in the middle of the street.

5:30 p.m.

The First Family arrives for the Hail to the Chief Inaugural Parade.

4:35 p.m.

The First Family arrives at the White House to applause.

4:30 p.m.

The First Family disembarks once again to wave to the crowd -- this time along the final stretch of the Inaugural Parade route.

The announcer just told the crowd outside of the White House, "the president is almost here."

According to the press pool covering the parade:

Crowds thickening on parade route as procession nears downtown, in less restricted areas away from Capitol complex.
Police and military line the road. There are chants of "Trump!" and "USA!"
A clutch of protesters near the National Art Museum chants "not my president!"
One man holds a sign that says "sad." Another sign read, "Trump racist"
At 7th street appears a confederate flag. North side of Navy Memorial filled with protest signs, chanting over trump supporters across the street with "make America great again" signs.
Crowd cheers as he and the First Lady walk and wave, approaching his namesake hotel.
By 4:16, Melania appears to be back in car.
At 4:27 pm, about 40 minutes after we started, we are nearing the review stand at the White House, where Trump could reside the next four years.
Walk appears to be over in less than 5 minutes.
As we come upon another clutch of protesters at 12th street, Near the scene of violent clashes with police earlier in the day.
13th and Pennsylvania occasions one of the biggest groups of protesters, but also more fans in the stands.

4:25 p.m.

Someone set a limousine on fire near the area where police and protesters clashed earlier in the day.

A large plume of smoke could be seen coming from the vehicle that was also vandalized earlier in the day.

4:15 p.m.

President Trump and his family have exited "the Beast," to walk along part of the parade route.

Trump was joined by the new first lady Melania Trump and their 10-year-old son, Barron.

The president rode in his official vehicle for the first portion of the parade and stepped out in front of FBI headquarters along Pennsylvania Avenue.

He got back in his vehicle just before the motorcade drove past his newly opened hotel in the Old Post Office building.

4:10 p.m.

DC Metro Police announced three officers and one civilian were injured during the afternoon demonstrations that turned violent. Police described the injuries as "non-life threatening."

4 p.m.

The presidential motorcade makes it way slowly toward its final destination flanked by Secret Service and scores of police.

Military bands representing all the service branches are playing and marching outside the Capitol, signaling the start of the inaugural parade.

Police officers on motorcycles are following closely behind as the parade participants begin the slow trek down Constitution Avenue.

Hundreds of police officers have lined both sides of the street. Service members are also standing at attention on both sides.

There are only a few onlookers along the first couple of blocks but the crowds appear to grow as the parade approaches the National Mall.


3:40 p.m.

"The Beast" has arrived to take the President and First Lady to the Oval Office.

3:10 p.m.

Lawmakers exchanged pleasantries at today's Congressional Luncheon. President Trump said he had "a lot of respect" for the Clintons who also attended the lunch.

The bipartisan crowd of lawmakers and other dignitaries gave Clinton a standing ovation after Trump asked her to rise.

Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, sat with members of Trump's family at the event.

Contrast that with some of his rhetoric during the campaign.

Back then, Trump repeatedly said Hillary Clinton deserved to be in jail because of her private email server issues. And Trump invited women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault to sit in the audience of one of the presidential debates.

Trump's Inaugural Parade will begin soon.

2:26 p.m.

Interim DC Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham described a skirmish between police and protesters at 13th and K Streets in Washington as an "isolated incident."

“I think it’s really important to point in the grand schemeof things, this is a small disturbance in in a small area of the city,” Newsham told CNN. “We anticipated that there would be a small group intent oncause destruction.”

Startling video streaming online showed a line of officers outfitted in riot gear standing in a line to protect officers who were processing the arrests of 95 people who were arrested in earlier in the day for smashing business windows, destroying cars and starting fires.

“It’s a very small group, maybe a couple hundred. We have thousands in other places peacefully demonstrating in our city," Newsham continued.

Several officers were injured when the encountered anti-Trump supporters who threw rocks, bottles and concrete.

In response, police have deployed the use of "flash bags" and pepper spray to quell the crowd.

2:20 p.m.

From the Associated Press:

Police in the nation's capital have again clashed with demonstrators — this time with a larger group than earlier in the day.
Well over 1,000 protesters are in the streets of downtown Washington for a confrontation with police. Authorities are again using pepper spray, and some demonstrators appear to have difficulty breathing.
Some in the crowd are throwing cups, water bottles and objects — including chunks of concrete. Some protesters have rolled large steel trash cans at police.

2 p.m.

Violent protests have intensified in Washington as police in riot gear have clashed with people throwing rocks. Some have been caught up camera smash windows of local businesses while others have set fires.

The crowd is about a block and a half away from the White House.

Early reports indicate police have arrested at least 90 people so far today.

There have been numerous arrests and a number of police injured by the conflict.


Protest leads to injured police officers, smashed windows and a fire in D.C.

VIDEO: Protesters smashing windows near 11th and 12th Street in D.C.

Protests break out all over nation's capital on Inauguration Day

1:47 p.m.

The President is dining with lawmakers.

1 p.m.

Dignitaries are gathering for a luncheon in U.S. Statuary Hall.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama thanked supporters before he departed for a vacation in California — saying that they "proved the power of hope."

Obama was joined by former first lady Michelle Obama at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. They took a helicopter there from the Capitol following President Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremonies.

The outgoing president says he and his wife have sometimes been the "voice out front" but his push for changes in the country that began with his 2008 presidential campaign "has never been about us. It has always been about you."

12:45 p.m.

Former President Obama and his family are flying to Joint Base Andrews for one last flight on Air Force One headed to Palm Springs, California.

12 p.m.

Donald Trump becomes President of the United States.

"Today we are not merely transferring power from administration to administration our political party to political party, we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you – the people," Trump said to the crowd.

"The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer," he said.

Trump continued by promising to return power to the people before echoing sentiments he made for months on the campaign trail.

"From this day forward, it's going to be America first," he said.

He once again touted that American would "start winning again," another familiar phrase from his campaign stops.

"When you open your heart to patriotism, there's no room for prejudice," he said.

11:55 a.m.

Mike Pence takes the Oath of Office to become Vice President of the United States.

11:50 a.m.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) drew some jeers from the crowd after acknowledging the country's "challenges."

“Despite these challenges I stand here confident because of one reason: you," he told the crowd of thousands.

11:40 a.m.

Religious leaders are calling on prayers for the incoming administration.

11:30 a.m.

Trump and Pence make their way to the Inaugural platform stage.

The dais is filled for the inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have taken their seats.

And President-elect Donald Trump's family is ready.

The stage is set for Donald Trump to be sworn in as the next president of the United States.

11:20 a.m.

In Northwest Washington, protests have again turned violent. Reporters captured video of people smashing windows and setting at least one trash can fire.

11 a.m.

Past Presidents Carter, George W. Bush and Clinton are being welcomed to the Inauguration. George H.W. Bush remains at the hospital. Trump's motorcade has arrived.

The ceremony is expected to begin shortly.

10:37 a.m.

The Inauguration is about to begin. For a full recap of what's happened so far, scroll down.

According to the Associated Press:

Crowds on the National Mall — where people without tickets can watch the inauguration — are growing steadily.
But less than two hours before the swearing-in, there are still wide swaths of empty space. There are strong suggestions that the crowds will not match President Barack Obama's first inaugural eight years ago.
Some people were prevented by security barriers from getting closer to the Capitol despite having plenty of space in front of them.
The grass on the Mall was protected by white plastic and there were some muddy spots amid intermittent rain.

10:20 a.m.

The Clintons are the latest dignitaries to arrive at the Inauguration ceremony. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not respond to reporters who shouted questions.

9:50 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush has arrived.

He said his parents are doing well after both were hospitalized earlier this week.

Trump's children shortly after.

9:44 a.m.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have received the Trumps at the White House.

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Meanwhile, Pence and his wife Karen met with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden.

"Grateful for the support throughout the transition from @VP Biden & @DrBiden44. Pleasure to have them welcome Karen & me to The White House," Pence wrote on Twitter.

9:40 a.m.

Trump has left St. John's Episcopal Church en route to meet President Obama for tea.

9:30 a.m.

President Obama was asked if he had any final words for the American people after leaving the Oval Office for the last time.

He simply said: "Thank you."

Obama could be seen through a window leaving the customary letter outgoing president's leave for the incoming Commander-in-Chief.

On Twitter, the outgoing president said far more.



— 8:30 a.m.: Donald and Melania Trump attend service at St. John's Church

Fun fact: The Trump Inauguration will set a record for the most religious leaders to speak at six.

The President-elect and future First Lady left the Blair House, the government guest house, early Friday morning en route to St. John's Church Episcopal Church under a drizzling sky. They were joined by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife.

While the incoming president prayed, protests broke out at an Inauguration checkpoint entrance near the National Mall, reports WJLA - TV. Demonstrators blocked Trump supporters at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Violent clashes between protesters and police broke out Thursday night as well at a rally outside of the National Press Club in Northwest Washington. Officers had to use pepper spray against the crowd that started a small fire.

President Obama was asked if he had any final words for the American people after leaving the Oval Office for the last time.

He simply said: "Thank you."

— 9:40 a.m.: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome the Trumps to the White House

— 9:45 a.m.: Obamas host a coffee and tea reception for the Trumps.

— 10:30 a.m.: Trumps, Obamas leave White House for U.S. Capitol


— 11:16 a.m.: Sen. Roy Blunt, Inaugural Committee chairman, delivers opening remarks

— 11:21 a.m.: Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White-Cain deliver invocations

— 11:30 a.m.: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivers remarks

— 11:35 a.m.: Vice Presidential oath is administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

— 11:47 a.m.: Presidential oath is administered by Chief Justice John Roberts

— 11:51 a.m.: President Donald Trump delivers inaugural address

— 12:12 p.m.: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rev. Franklin Graham and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson deliver benedictions

— 12:18 p.m.: Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem


— 12:30 p.m.: Obama departs by helicopter from East Front

— 12:54 p.m.: President's Room signing ceremony

— 1:08 p.m.: Luncheon

— 2:35 p.m.: Review of the troops

— 3 p.m.: Parade from the Capitol to the White House

— 7 p.m.: Inaugural balls get underway


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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