Fort Wayne Inauguration Day activities

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On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.  Those unable to make the trek to Washington D.C. may join friends and fellow Obama supporters in several activities around the Fort at various times.  Following is a chronological listing.  If you would like to have your event included or know of some changes, please e-mail me at the address below.  Also, if you are planning on attending one of the listed events, it is best to contact the person in charge before heading out.  A lot of these events seem to be in flux with plans changing by the minute.  Thanks to Dan Jehl for his input and assistance!


Inauguration Watch Party, 10 am to 2 pm

This event will be at the Come2Go Ministries building located at 343 W. Baker Street.  Several large screens, cable access and an incredible sound system will allow everyone to great seat and experience the DC festivities almost as if you were there. The event will run from 10:00am-2:00 pm.   There is no charge to get in and the hosts (ACDP and MoveOn.Org) will provide free coffee and rolls in the morning. We will offer a light lunch for a very modest price of $2.  (Likely Hot Dog/Chips/Tea etc and/or Pizza/Chips/etc) at 11:30.

AroundFortWayne will be in attendance and provide up to 3 minutes for anyone who would like, to record on video their thoughts and reflections on this historic Inauguration.  The videos will be uploaded to the AFW Blog’s YouTube section for viewing by the public.

You can watch the pre-inauguration programs, the swearing-in and the acceptance speech LIVE in this great venue.

Please join us for the entire event or come on your lunch hour.

YOU MUST RSVP via the Allen County Democrats blog, or by leaving a message at 478-8239.

**If you can volunteer to help please respond here** If you can post flyers please let us know**


Presidential Inauguration at IPFW, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

At the Reinhart Music Hall on the IPFW campus. Admission is free. Watch the Inauguration on a big screen TV.


Inauguration Celebration, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

There will be an “Inauguration Celebration” at Union Baptist Church 11:00 AM-2:00 PM with food and refreshments and TV witnessing of the inauguration ceremony. Union Baptist, 2200 Smith Street a block north of Creighton Street, is hosting this free event.


Inaugural Celebration, 11:00 am

There will be an “Inaugural Celebration” at the Come as You are Community Church, 7910 S. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne. This free event begins at 11:00AM and will use the church’s big screen TV.


Inaugural Watch Party, 11:30 am

Hosted by the Fireside Lounge and sponsored by the IPFW Democrats starting at 11:30 AM.


Inaugural Bash, 5 pm to 10 pm

Celebrate the Inauguration at the Historic Green Frog!

What: An Inauguration Celebration of an historic election and the beginning of a new era

Where: The Green Frog on Spring Street near Sherman Street

Parking: Street parking and Precious Blood Church and School Parking lot

Join us for camaraderie and celebration of this historic event.  Drinks/food are ala carte.  Share in a Scott’s Bakery Obama Cake.   Admission is FREE, but donations to support the advocacy efforts of Hoosiers are welcome.  For more information, visit or call Dan Jehl at 442-8619.  Flyer.


Inaugural Ball, 6 pm to 11 pm

The African/African American Historical Society of Fort Wayne is sponsoring an Inaugural Ball Celebration at the Grand Wayne Center from 6 pm to 11 pm.  The cost is $75 for individuals and $150 for a couple.  This is a dress up affair with dinner and entertainment provided.  You may call 420-0765 for details. details.  Councilman Glynn Hines shared at the end of the Fort Wayne City Council meeting on January 12th that the Inaugural Ball has been cancelled because of a lack of participants.


Inauguration Celebration, 6 pm to 10 pm

There will be an “Inauguration Celebration” hosted and sponsored by the Fort Wayne League for the Blind and Disabled at 5821 South Anthony Blvd. This venue will hold only 100 people.  The admission price is $15 per person and $25 for two. This includes a dinner and music by Ultimate DJs featuring Mike Banks. However, these plans may change.  For the most up-to-date information or reservations, contact (260) 804-6334.


Inaugural Bash, 7 pm

It’s a New Day for a New World! Come celebrate President Obama’s inauguration at the Munchie. Fine food, beverages, company, and HOPE will be the order of the evening!  The fun starts at 7 pm at Munchie Emporium on the corner of Broadway and Taylor Avenues.  More information and RSVP.


Not able to attend or watch the telecast?

No TV? No problem. Being a part of this event is not limited to TV witnessing. WOWO-AM 1190 radio in Fort Wayne will broadcast the Noon ceremony live and have talk shows about it all day. IPod or MP3 or computer access can be used for live streaming by following directions on this link on the Obama-Biden Transition website.


Related websites:

Presidential Inaguration Committee 
Armed Forces Inaugural Committee’s Inauguration page
City of Washington D.C.’s Inauguration page
Joint Congressional Committee on the Inauguration
Metro information
Secret Service information

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  1. Thank you, Stephen, for listing all the events. It should be a great day! I am excited about AFW offering the chance for attendees to record their thoughts for this historic event. Thank you!


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