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Inauguration Day Events

Josh Shapiro, Austin Davis, Tom Wolf

On Tuesday, Josh Shapiro, 49, will be sworn in as the 48th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Pa. Capitol Complex will be closed to the public on Tuesday. Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to traffic from North Street to Walnut Street beginning through Wednesday.

For registered attendees of the swearing-in ceremony and other daytime events, free parking will be available at the PA Farm Show Complex off I-81 and Cameron Street in Harrisburg. Shuttles will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. and will run continuously. Return shuttles will begin at 1:15 p.m. with the final shuttle leaving at 3 p.m.

Here is a look at the day’s events.

TBD – Breakfast, Governor’s residence

  • Former governors Tom Ridge, Mark SchweikerTom Corbett and departing Gov. Tom Wolf. Ed Rendell, who is unable to attend due to mobility challenges that make long travel difficult, may join remotely.

10 a.m. – Inauguration of Austin Davis as Lieutenant Governor, Pennsylvania State Senate Chamber

11 a.m. – Inauguration of Josh Shapiro as Governor, Pennsylvania State Capital Complex East Wing

  • Live Stream
  • Invocation: Shamshul Huda of the North Penn Mosque in Lansdale; Rabbi Gregory S. Marx of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen; Monsignor Stephen P. McHenry of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Ambler; and the Rev. Charles W. Quann of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House.
  • National Anthem: Carol Riddick
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Roland Scarinci, World War II veteran and Philadelphia native. He will celebrate his 100th birthday on Feb. 18.
  • Presentation of Colors: Pennsylvania State Police Honor Guard
  • Performers: Lincoln University Choir, African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Choir, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, Hazleton Area High School Marching Cougars.
  • Special Guests:
    • Tim Lewis, a Glenn O. Hawbaker employee who was a victim of wage theft but got all of his hard-earned money back as a result of Attorney General Shapiro’s work on the largest Davis-Bacon wage theft case in American history.
    • Dorothy Johnson-Speight and Michelle Kerr Spry, gun violence prevention activists who lost their children to gun violence.
    • Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose, who worked with the Office of Attorney General to launch a statewide police misconduct database.
    • Brandon Short, Penn State alum and former NFL player who lost his daughter to gun violence.
    • Tyrone ‘Cakes’ Sims, a 40-year volunteer basketball Coach in Southwest Philly who met Josh when he attended a workshop Tyrone hosted for young Black men who’ve been victims of gun violence.
    • Juliann Bortz and Mary McHale, survivors of childhood sex abuse at the hands of predator priests.
    • Donna Jacobsen, a mother whose daughter is recovering from substance use disorder.
    • Danielle Chesney, who shared her story about her decision to have an abortion to save her life.
    • Jarrod Bets, owner of Mr. Vic’s Family Styling in Lancaster, where Governor-Elect Shapiro visited during the campaign to hear about the challenges his small business is facing.
    • Tom Wheeler, a former Philadelphia police officer and a lifelong Republican who voted for Governor-Elect Shapiro.
    • Stephanie Mack and Brittany Sisca, the wives of Pennsylvania State Trooper Martin Mack and Trooper Branden Sisca, who were killed in the line of duty last March.

6:30 p.m – Inaugural Celebration, Rock Lititz, Lititz, Pa.

  • Doors Open for ticketed guests, 5 p.m.
  • Program begins, 6:30 p.m.
  • Performers
    • Wiz Khalifa
    • Smokey Robinson
    • Mt. Joy
  • Vendors
    • 1-900 Ice Cream – Ardmore, PA
    • 2SP Brewing Company – Aston, PA
    • Armstrong Valley Vineyard and Winery – Halifax, PA
    • Aunt Debby’s Desserts – Hummelstown, PA
    • Baked with love by Bubbe – Warrington, PA
    • Bald Birds/Four Birds – Audubon, PA
    • Brewgentlemen – Braddock, PA
    • Carmi Soul Food – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Charles Jacquin et Cie – Philadelphia, PA
    • Chellas Arepa Kitchen – Lancaster, PA
    • Conshohocken Italian Bakery – Conshohocken, PA
    • D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc – Pottsville, PA
    • Dairymen’s Association – statewide
    • Dancing Gnome –  Pittsburgh, PA
    • Eat’n Park –  Pittsburgh, PA
    • Enrico Biscotti Company – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Federal Donuts – Philadelphia, PA
    • Friscos Chicken – Lancaster County
    • Galen Glen Winery – Andreas in Schuylkill County, PA
    • Gertrude Hawk – Scranton, PA
    • Happy Valley Winery – State College, PA
    • Hatfield – Bucks County, PA
    • Hershey’s – Hershey, PA
    • IC Light – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Joe Jurgielewicz & Son Duck Farm – Hamburg, PA
    • Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery – Lititz, PA
    • Juniata Brewing Company – Huntingdon, PA
    • Just Born Quality Confections – Philadelphia, PA
    • Keystone Potato Products, LLC.
    • Lavery Brewing Company – Erie, PA
    • Liberty Pole Spirits / Mingo Creek Craft Distillers – Washington County, PA
    • Logyard Brewing – Kane, PA
    • Martin’s Snacks – York County, PA
    • Masser Family of Companies – Sacramento, PA
    • Mountain Laurel Spirits – Bristol, PA
    • Nemacolin – Farmington, PA
    • Oakmont Bakery – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Philadelphia Distilling, LLC – Philadelphia, PA
    • Phillips Mushrooms – Kennett Square, PA
    • Prantl’s – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Primanti Brothers – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Robert Mazza, Inc. T/A Mazza Vineyards – Erie, PA
    • S Clyde Weaver – Lancaster, PA
    • Salonika Imports & EVIA – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Sandy’s Boo Delights at Dana’s Bakery – Homewood, PA
    • Setter Ridge Vineyards – Kutztown, PA
    • Seven Mountain Wine Cellars – Spring Mills, PA
    • Sheetz – Altoona, PA
    • Stony Run Winery – Breinigsville, PA
    • Susquehanna Brewing Co. LLC – Pittston, PA
    • Sylvan Inc. – Kittanning, PA
    • Tastykakes (Flower foods) – Philadelphia, PA
    • TFB Catering – Harrisburg, PA
    • This Life Forever Inc – Allentown, PA
    • Triple Bottom Brewing Company – Philadelphia, PA
    • Tröegs Independent Brewing – Hershey, PA
    • Two Locals – Philadelphia, PA
    • Two Robbers – Philadelphia, PA
    • Vault Brewing Company – Yardley, PA
    • Vynecrest Winery – Breinigsville, PA
    • Wallenpaupack Brewing Company – Wallenpaupack, PA
    • Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery – Manheim, PA
    • Wawa – Media, PA
    • Wigle Whiskey – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Wilbur Chocolate – Lancaster County, PA
    • Winery at Wilcox – Wilcox, PA
    • Yards – Philadelphia, PA
    • Yost’s Dutch Maid Bakery – Johnstown, PA


  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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