President-elect Obama released a video message today, inviting Americans across the country to take part in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration no matter where they live. He explains that, "You don't have to brave the crowds and commotion in order to participate in this celebration, because we've made this Inauguration open and accessible to communities across our nation."
Here are some of the ways that you can be a part of the Inauguration:
• Sign up for our text messaging program to receive updates and have your questions answered
• Watch the Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT January 18th on HBO
• Watch the “Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future” concert. It will be broadcast from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET/PT January 19th on The Disney Channel, be simulcast on Radio Disney and streamed on Disney.com immediately following the telecast.
• Watch the first-ever Neighborhood Ball on ABC from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on January 20th
• Watch the webcast of the swearing-in ceremony and the Neighborhood Ball. We’ll keep you posted as more details are released.
• Host or attend a service event in your area on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, January 19th
• Host or attend a party in your area that’s linked – through interactive technology – with the first-ever Neighborhood Ball on January 20th
UPDATED: USAservice.org just announced that over 8,500 events have been created so far in response to President-elect Obama's call for national service. Below is a map of service events taking place on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, January 19th: