Photos: Inauguration Day across the District

Media Credit: Gabrielle Rhoads | Staff Photographer

A bin of Biden/Harris inauguration pins.

Massive road closures, a heightened security presence and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced people to observe President Joe Biden’s inauguration from afar this year.

Areas like the National Mall and Constitution Avenue, typically packed with attendees pining to catch a glimpse of the new president, were blocked off to the public amid safety concerns after a siege on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Although some conflict was anticipated, the city saw few people protesting Biden’s presidency throughout the day.

Here’s a glimpse of the day from the outskirts of the Capitol:

Zach Brien | Staff Photographer

Biden supporters at Black Lives Matter Plaza watch as then-President Donald Trump exits the White House for the last time on Marine One.

Gabrielle Rhoads | Staff Photographer

A Biden supporter from California, who asked to be identified as Allie, looks down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol on Wednesday morning ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

Gabrielle Rhoads | Staff Photographer

Rick Henderson holds up a Kamala Harris tote bag he was selling outside of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

Banners welcoming the incoming Biden/Harris administration were on display overlooking Freedom Plaza.

Phebe Grosser | Staff Photographer

A woman holds a sign reading, “Dear Women of Color, Thank You!”

Timothy O'Shaughnessy | Photographer

Members of Howard University’s “Showtime” Marching Band are seen walking before they perform at a parade celebrating the new administration. Harris is a 1986 Howard graduate.

Sophie Moten | Staff Photographer

Biden supporters gather at BLM Plaza to celebrate Biden’s inauguration.

Timothy O'Shaughnessy | Photographer

Members of the National Guard monitor a barrier along 14th Street NW near Freedom Plaza.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

A group gathers to observe the Capitol from a distance on Louisiana Avenue as the inauguration ceremony began.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

The entrance to the Capitol was barricaded and guarded by varying security forces as the inauguration was underway.

Zach Schonfeld | Staff Photographer

First lady Jill Biden is seen waving through the car doors as the presidential motorcade drove down Memorial Avenue.

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