Inauguration - January 20, 1977
- Folding chairs replaced wooden benches on the East Plaza.
- Recited the oath of office with his family Bible, and the second bible used by George Washington was on the podium.
- At Carter's request, the traditional inaugural luncheon was not held.
- First president to exit his limousine just outside the Capitol grounds and walk along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with his family after the ceremony.
- Gerald Ford, outgoing President, was the first to leave the Capitol grounds by helicopter.
- Solar heating warmed the reviewing stand.
- Parade viewing stands included handicap accessibility.
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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.