WASHINGTON, DC (USA Today)--President Obama's inaugural committee confirmed Thursday that he will take his second oath-of-office in a private ceremony on Jan. 20 -- a Sunday -- with the parade, balls, and other public events to take place the next day.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama will also sponsor a National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19, said the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
"In keeping with tradition for Inauguration Days that fall on a Sunday, the President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20," the committee said in a statement. "The President's public swearing-in, the parade and the official Inaugural balls will take place on Monday, January 21."
The Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial holiday is also on that Monday.
The "Sunday exception" also affected inaugurations of presidents James Monroe, Zachary Taylor, Rutherford B. Hayes, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.
On the National Day of Service, the committee said, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will ask Americans to honor King's memory by organizing service projects in their communities. The Obamas, Vice President Biden and wife Jill Biden, and members of the Cabinet will also participate in service projects that day.
The inaugural committee also announced that the four living presidents would serve as honorary co-chairs Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
The other co-chairs for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee: Ambassador Matthew Barzun, National Finance Chair of President Obama's reelection campaign and former Ambassador to Sweden; Eva Longoria, Actress, Obama for America Campaign Co-Chair and Founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation; Jane Stetson, National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee; and Frank White, former member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises.
"Vice President Biden and I are grateful to these distinguished women and men for agreeing to serve as co-chairs and honorary co-chairs, including Presidents from both sides of the aisle who have dedicated their lives to serving the American people," Obama said in a statement. "This year's Inaugural will reflect our belief that working together, we can keep moving our country forward and fulfill the promise of the American Dream for all families."
Written By: David Johnson, USA Today