Alabama's largest Presidential Inaugural Watch Celebration at ASU Tuesday

MONTGOMERY, AL., -- For those who can't make the trip to Washington, D.C. to witness firsthand the inauguration of America's 44th president, Alabama State University is hosting a series of inaugural celebrations on campus, Tuesday, Jan. 20th, which are open to anyone in the tri-county area.

You can be a part of history and celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with your neighbors, friends and family members at ASU's official inaugural celebrations.

Billed by the news media as the "Largest Presidential Watch Party in the State," the festivities will include three separate events beginning at 10 a.m. on ASU's campus.  All events are free and open to the public and anyone who lives in the tri-county area is encouraged to attend. All attendees will receive an official ASU presidential inauguration souvenir, which is sure to become a collector's item.

ASU's inauguration events include:

Official Inaugural Watch Party: Beginning at 10 a.m. in the ASU Acadome, all ASU students, faculty, staff and the Montgomery community are invited to come out and watch the inauguration ceremony on jumbo screen televisions, listen to live music by the Mighty Marching Hornets Band and enjoy free refreshments and social commentary. Immediately following the swearing in of the 44th president, hundreds of balloons will drop from the ceiling in honor of President Obama and the United States of America.

Unity Bell Ringing Ceremony: At noon, members of ASU's ROTC Color Guard, executive branch, student leaders, community officials and others will lead a bell-ringing ceremony at ASU's historic Bell Memorial, which is located in front of ASU's Levi Watkins Learning Center near the Academic Mall.

ASU President William H. Harris also is encouraging all area churches, citizens and organizations to participate by ringing bells at noon in their individual communities, which will create a simultaneous bell-ringing tribute of unity throughout the city in honor of America's new president.

ASU Inaugural Celebration: At 7 p.m., Inauguration Day will end with an inaugural celebration in the ASU Acadome where attendees can enjoy live music, dancing and refreshments.

For more information, contact ASU's Office of University Relations at (334) 229-4238.