President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration: Where to watch

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Preparations for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. to watch Donald Trump become America’s 45th president, West Michigan has the next best thing.

Several venues throughout Kent and Ottawa counties will hold inauguration watch parties Friday.

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President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, waves as they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in advance of Friday’s inauguration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley plans to join the Kent GOP for a celebratory watch party in Grand Rapids, complete with food and refreshments. And the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum plans to waive admission fees Friday as part of its event.

President-elect Trump will be sworn in at 11:30 a.m. Friday. WOOD TV8 will carry the inauguration live; you can also watch it live on or at any of the following events:


  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids | Event details
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 725 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Grand Rapids | RSVP with Kent GOP
  • 9:45 a.m. | Peter Wege Auditorium, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids | Event details


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