By now we’ve all seen the official photos: Obama taking the oath of office, the overwhelming crowds on the Mall, the celebrity-spotting at the assortment of inaugural balls.
But beyond the formal celebrations, Americans across the country were paying tribute in their own way, too.
Here are a few photos from yesterday’s festivities that, hopefully, you haven’t seen yet:
Washington, D.C. prepares for the inauguration.
In San Francisco, pranksters change the sign marking the end of Bush Street to “Begin Obama”.
Inauguration cupcakes on sale in New York City.
D.C. was prepared for vast crowds — and everything that comes with them.
Every precaution was taken.
A moving portrait from Times Square, where crowds turned out to watch the ceremony.
Captain America celebrates on the streets of Los Angeles.
Back in D.C., a musician makes the most of the day.
Welcome to the new President and First Lady. It’s been a long time coming!