President William Jefferson Clinton enjoyed Inaugural festivities at Smithsonian museums in both 1993 and 1997. For his first term, President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton attended eleven Inaugural Balls on January 20, 1993, including one at the National Air and Space Museum. In addition to hosting a ball, numerous Smithsonian sites, such as the S. Dillon Ripley Center and the Anacostia Museum, participated in Inaugural events.

In 1997, President Clinton celebrated his second Inauguration with Inaugural Balls, concerts and a fireworks display. The Smithsonian continued to play an active role in these celebrations. On January 20, 1997, President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton attended a record setting fourteen Inaugural Balls. Two of these official balls were held at Smithsonian sites. The Clinton’s returned to the National Air and Space Museum to celebrate the Inauguration. Also, the National Postal Museum hosted a ball attended by Vice President Gore and his wife Tipper. Opened in July of 1993, the National Postal Museum provided a nice setting for Vice President Gore to celebrate his re-election.




Clintons at Inaugural Ceremonies 1993


Clintons at the Inaugural Ceremonies 1997


Washington DC Inauguration 1993


Inaugural Celebrations 1997


Inaugural balls 1993


Inaugural balls 1997

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