Inauguration events in the Tri-State

January 18, 2009 2:17:51 PM PST
Many locations in the Tri-State area have events planned for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. Here are some of them.New York City:

  • Queens Theatre in the Park, 718-760-0064

  • Council Member Thomas White and York College , 718-262-3750 (NOTE: Venue Change - York College Performing Art Center with a 1437 seat capacity.)

  • Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

  • St. Luke AME Church, 212-870-1300

  • Trinity Church, 212-602-0800

  • Co-Op City hosted by Congressman Joe Crowley, 177 Dreiser loop in the Auditorium, RSVP required (718) 931-1400

  • Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange

    Long Island:

  • Hempstead: The newly named Barack Obama Elementary School (formerly Ludlum Elementary School) will have five viewing areas to accomodate all of their 450 students, who will watch the swearing in live. About 100 students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be wearing special sweatshirts and will gather in the gym to view the Inauguration on a large projection screen. The decorations which went up today include a "view" of the Washington DC skyline and a life size cutout of Barack Obama at a podium. After, students will go to the gym, where they can have their picture taken with the life-size cutout of the new president. The school is at 176 William St. in Hempstead.

  • Huntington: Supervisor Frank Petrone, the town board and The Cinema Arts Center will have four screens where people can come to watch at 10 a.m. for free. They are asking for a donation of one non-perishable food item or a winter coat to donate. They have limited parking, so there will be a shuttle bus that goes from one of the LIRR commuter lots about a mile and a half away. They are located on Park Avenue and Route 25 A at the Village Green. For more information, call 631-351-3333.

  • Oceanside - The middle school will be doing a number of things, including having students and teachers watching the event live through a specail streaming program that they are using. In additon, students are writing essays and the winners will be treated to a special celebratory luncheon. Students are creating penndants and gold coins for the event. The lobby of the school is decorated in red, white and blue.

    New Jersey:

  • Bergen County

  • Englewood, 10:30 a.m. To celebrate this historic moment, BergenPAC will open its doors to the public -- free of charge -- for a special viewing party of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony. Several hundred are expected to gather at BergenPAC, including local residents, elementary and high school students as well as friends and patrons of the performing arts center. See the Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony (11:30 a.m.) and Inaugural Parade (2:30 p.m.). Location: 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. Details: (201) 816-8160 or visit

  • Essex County

  • Newark - The students at Harriet Tubman School will have the opportunity to experience a modern-day historic moment when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The school's administration and parents decided to make the day more memorable by coordinating an Inauguration Day Celebration that will include a watch party and other festivities starting at 10:30 a.m. For a detailed list, visit NPS.K12.NJ.US.

  • Newark - All members of the Rutgers community in Newark are invited to share a moment in history by participating in an Inaugural commemoration. Watch the live broadcast of the Barack Obama inauguration, including informal gatherings before and after the ceremony. The event starts at 11:15 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

  • Newark - In honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is opening its doors for a big-screen projection telecast of inaugural activities in Prudential Hall starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are limited so call for more details. Information: (973) 642-8989 or visit

  • Newark - There's good reason to stay in Newark after dark Inauguration day. The Harvest Table Fresh Food Eatery is hosting its "Barack the House Party" starting at 7 p.m. Locals are welcome to celebrate the historic night with musical entertainment by Black Diamond and Propaganda Machine. Remember to RSVP. Location: 127 Halsey St., Newark. Details: (973) 494-8183.

  • South Orange - The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew & Holy Communion in South Orange will host the community for both the civic ceremonies and a celebration. In the Parish Hall, the 122-inch television will broadcast the morning swearing-in. Guests also will be encouraged to return at 7:30 p.m. for black-tie inaugural ball at the church. There will be food, music and the television broadcast of the balls in Washington. Admission is a bottle of wine and donation of canned goods. Location: South Orange and Ridgewood avenues. Details: (973) 763-2355.

  • South Orange - Seton Hall University hosts its Inaugural Watch Party. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. in the Main Lounge of the University Center and will broadcast the live events of the day for students, faculty, administrators and staff. Location: Seton Hall University, 457 Centre St., South Orange. Details: (973) 761-9000.

  • Middlesex County

  • Edison - The Garden State Inauguration Celebration for President Barack Obama kicks off tonight at the Holiday Inn at Raritan Center, 3050 Woodbridge Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Organizers will present highlights of the Inauguration, musical entertainment, food and drinks. Governor Jon S. Corzine is expected to make an appearance in addition to several other special guests. Tickets are $50. Formal wear is optional. Food donations are being collected for food banks in the area. Details: (609) 751-4844.

  • Edison - Community organizers in collaboration with 4 Aces Entertainment will host the area's largest "Black Tie" inaugural celebration, themes "Yes We Can! Yes We Did!, Yes We Will" - at the lavish Mirage Banquet Hall located at 1655-150 Oak Tree Road in Edison. The event starts at 7 p.m. with a reception featuring steel drum musicians followed by dinner and live performances throughout the night along with real-time news coverage from broadcasters capturing inaugural activity in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Tickets are $75. Information: (732) 662-1003.

  • Edison - noon, Iauguration Day, Schedule At The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, 1295 Inman Avenue - Students in grades 3 to 12 will be dressed in the celebratory hues of red, white and blue, while witnessing Barack Obama's inauguration inside the AP Room and Upper Snowdon Library at Wardlaw-Hartridge.

  • Monmouth County

  • West Long Branch - Monmouth University hosts its watch party on campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Young Auditorium and Pollak Theater. Students are advised to reserve a spot. Student ID's are required. For more information call Joseph Patten, Political Science, at 732-263-5742.

  • Morris County

  • Whippany - Need a place to watch the Inauguration? Everyone is welcome to watch the historic event at the Morris County Public Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany. The library will offer discussions following the inauguration. Contact: (973) 285-6930.

  • Parsippany - The Parsippany Troy Hills Library will be hosting a special children's program on Inauguration Day. Both programs will be held at the Main Library at 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany. This program up is a special story time. Children will be listening to the book What Presidents Are Made Of written by Hanoch Piven. At the conclusion of the story, stay and make a craft to celebrate Inauguration Day! Registration is required and is appropriate for grades K-3. The program will run from 4 to 4:45 p.m. For questions please contact the Children's Department at the Main Library at 973-887-5150 x233.

  • Passaic County

  • Wayne - Come and join the Junior Class as the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama is celebrated. The inauguration will be watched on television. There will be giveaways and food. The event, held inside the University Commons Ballrooms B & C, is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Free. Location: 300 Pompton Road, Paterson. (973) 720-2271.

  • Fairfield - Members of the Gramon Family of Schools, providing individualized and innovative programs to address the special needs of students with autism and behavioral disabilities, are holding "Show America Spirit Day" on January 20 in Fairfield. Students at the Gramon School, Glenview Academy and New Beginnings will celebrate the Inauguration of President Obama by participating in a variety of school-wide activities. Each school has been engaged in a week-long program designed to educate students, ages three to 18, about President Obama and the Inauguration. On Inauguration Day, students dressed in red, white and blue will create artwork, essays and poems and will join with the rest of the nation to watch the live broadcast during school-wide assemblies. For more information about the Gramon Family of Schools, visit

  • Union County

    Union - Rumor has it Obama eats Spam Sushi in Hawaii. Of course, it's only a rumor. But if you have taste for sushi and politics, fear no more. Your wish is their command Inauguration day at the Mood Restaurant and Lounge, 1996 Morris Ave., Union. The trendy sushi lounge is serving up drinks and appetizer specials with music entertainment and big TV screens showing the Inauguration. Details: (908) 964-4800.