Celebrating America will air across ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, while also streaming on the PIC’s YouTube and social media channels. This is the first time a Presidential Inaguration will be hosted across multiple networks.
The star-studded special, Celebrating America, will be hosted by Tom Hanks and will air from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. across five TV networks and online. The special will feature performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, and other performers still to be announced. President Biden and Vice President Harris are of course, slated to speak. Justin Timberlake will perform “Better Days,” a collaboration he wrote during lockdown with Clemons to “encourage everyone to stay hopeful and to keep working towards a better future.” Timberlake shared a clip of the song to his social media. Where he stated; “We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country… but I hope now, despite the past four years, we’re on our way.”
The special, which the PIC says is the “capstone” to the day’s events, was developed because the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many traditional inauguration events; such as live concerts and the inaugural parade to be canceled. As a result, the organization has turned their attention to less traditional ways to engage with Americans. They wanted to celebrate for the inauguration, but also be mindful of the pandemic, which is what caused the shift in strategy for the event. There is to also be a public art display in Washington D.C., and a memorial erected in honor of lives lost due to the disease which has devasted the nation.