Tom Hanks to host Inauguration special with Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Wednesday that Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will host the 90-minute, multi-network primetime special Celebrating America shortly after Biden and Harris are sworn into office on Jan. 20, featuring remarks from both Biden and Harris.
American heroes during a year of turmoil will be the focus of the program, which aims to "showcase the American people's resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild," according to an official synopsis. Frontline workers, healthcare workers, teachers, and other heroic citizens giving back to their communities will be honored during the program.
Celebrating America caps the Presidential Inauguration Committee's America United initiative, which seeks to unite the country through public engagement from home during the pandemic. Other projects rolling out as part of American United include United We Serve, a national day of service on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 memorial dedicated to the lives lost on Jan. 19, and the official Inaugural Ceremonies and Parade Across America on Jan. 20.
Celebrating America airs Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m. on multiple platforms, including live TV via ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC; live streaming on the Presidential Inauguration Committee's social media channels YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch, as well as the PIC's streaming partners Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, AT&T DIRECTV, and U-verse.