The party’s over! Huge clean-up operation commences following Joe Biden’s inauguration

A massive clean-up operation has commenced in Washington DC, with workers bringing down barricades and removing flags following Joe Biden‘s Inauguration on Wednesday. 

While this year’s ceremony was significantly scaled down amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a domestic terror attack, there was still no shortage of pomp and pageantry. 

Billions around the world were watching as Biden was sworn-in on, and organizers were eager to put on a defiant display in spite of the country’s crises. 

Almost 200,0000 American flags were planted along the National Mall, while bunting bearing stars and stripes was hung from scaffolding at the Capitol.  

But on Thursday, it was back to business as usual in Washington as Biden began work and city employees packed away the red, white and blue decorations.   

A massive clean-up operation has commenced in Washington DC, with workers bringing down barricades and removing flags following Joe Biden's Inauguration on Wednesday

A massive clean-up operation has commenced in Washington DC, with workers bringing down barricades and removing flags following Joe Biden's Inauguration on Wednesday

A massive clean-up operation has commenced in Washington DC, with workers bringing down barricades and removing flags following Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday

Almost 200,0000 American flags were planted along the National Mall, while bunting bearing stars and stripes was hung from scaffolding at the Capitol

Almost 200,0000 American flags were planted along the National Mall, while bunting bearing stars and stripes was hung from scaffolding at the Capitol

Almost 200,0000 American flags were planted along the National Mall, while bunting bearing stars and stripes was hung from scaffolding at the Capitol

OnThursday, it was back to business as usual in Washington as Biden began work and city employees packed away the red, white and blue decorations

OnThursday, it was back to business as usual in Washington as Biden began work and city employees packed away the red, white and blue decorations

OnThursday, it was back to business as usual in Washington as Biden began work and city employees packed away the red, white and blue decorations

Barricades and fences installed amid security fears were also brought down on Thursday

Barricades and fences installed amid security fears were also brought down on Thursday

Barricades and fences installed amid security fears were also brought down on Thursday

Workers clad in high-vis vests were seen ripping out the American flags which formed part of an ‘art project’ that was installed ahead of Inauguration Day. 

Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall to watch the newly-elected President take the oath of office. 

But the area was closed to the public this year, with the flags intended to represent the American people who were unable to attend the event. 

Biden’s inaugural committee told The New York Times that the art display signified a ‘commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home.’  

Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall to watch the newly-elected President take the oath of office. But the area was closed to the public this year, with the flags intended to represent the American people who were unable to attend the event

Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall to watch the newly-elected President take the oath of office. But the area was closed to the public this year, with the flags intended to represent the American people who were unable to attend the event

Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall to watch the newly-elected President take the oath of office. But the area was closed to the public this year, with the flags intended to represent the American people who were unable to attend the event

Biden's inaugural committee told The New York Times that the art display signified a 'commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home'

Biden's inaugural committee told The New York Times that the art display signified a 'commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home'

Biden’s inaugural committee told The New York Times that the art display signified a ‘commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy from their home’

While this year's ceremony was significantly scaled down amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a domestic terror attack, there was still no shortage of pomp and pageantry

While this year's ceremony was significantly scaled down amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a domestic terror attack, there was still no shortage of pomp and pageantry

While this year’s ceremony was significantly scaled down amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a domestic terror attack, there was still no shortage of pomp and pageantry

Brendan Bonner, National Park Service Chief Ranger at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, pitches in to help begin removing a display of flags on the National Mall

Brendan Bonner, National Park Service Chief Ranger at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, pitches in to help begin removing a display of flags on the National Mall

Brendan Bonner, National Park Service Chief Ranger at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, pitches in to help begin removing a display of flags on the National Mall

Dozens of workers were called in to help remove the flags along the National Mall lawn

Dozens of workers were called in to help remove the flags along the National Mall lawn

Dozens of workers were called in to help remove the flags along the National Mall lawn 

Billions around the world were watching as Biden was sworn-in on, and organizers were eager to put on a defiant display in spite of the country's crises

Billions around the world were watching as Biden was sworn-in on, and organizers were eager to put on a defiant display in spite of the country's crises

Billions around the world were watching as Biden was sworn-in on, and organizers were eager to put on a defiant display in spite of the country’s crises

Biden is pictured being sworn in on a family bible held by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden

Biden is pictured being sworn in on a family bible held by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden

Biden is pictured being sworn in on a family bible held by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden  

Meanwhile, there were fears of violence taking place at the inauguration, following the siege of the Capitol Building by angry Trump supporters on January 6. 

A staggering 25,000 National Guard members were deployed to DC in the days leading up to Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony. 

Security fences and barricades were installed prior to the event, but they were also pictured being brought down on Thursday after the day occurred without violence. 

And while fears of a large-scale attack went unfounded, many National Guard troops still remain in the city.   

On Thursday, some of the guardsman were seen driving a military tanker near the Capitol, while others stood at secure checkpoints nearby. 

Thousands of National Guard troops will stay stationed in DC in the coming days out of an abundance of caution.  

There were fears of violence taking place at the inauguration, following the siege of the Capitol Building by angry Trump supporters on January 6.  Some fencing was taken down on Thuesday, but others remains in place for the time being

There were fears of violence taking place at the inauguration, following the siege of the Capitol Building by angry Trump supporters on January 6.  Some fencing was taken down on Thuesday, but others remains in place for the time being

There were fears of violence taking place at the inauguration, following the siege of the Capitol Building by angry Trump supporters on January 6.  Some fencing was taken down on Thuesday, but others remains in place for the time being 

On Thursday, some of the guardsman were seen driving a military tanker near the Capitol, while others stood at secure checkpoints nearby

On Thursday, some of the guardsman were seen driving a military tanker near the Capitol, while others stood at secure checkpoints nearby

On Thursday, some of the guardsman were seen driving a military tanker near the Capitol, while others stood at secure checkpoints nearby

While fears of a large-scale attack went unfounded, many National Guard troops still remain in the city. They are pictured in DC on Thursday

While fears of a large-scale attack went unfounded, many National Guard troops still remain in the city. They are pictured in DC on Thursday

While fears of a large-scale attack went unfounded, many National Guard troops still remain in the city. They are pictured in DC on Thursday 

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