Inaugurations for President of the United States did not always take place on January 20. Most "regular" presidential inaugurations from 1793 until 1937 happened on March 4. The very first one, however, took place on April 30, 1789 after George Washington traveled (unaccompanied by his wife, Martha) from his Mount Vernon home in Alexandria, Virginia to the first capitol of the United States: New York City. Throughout his journey to New York Washington was greeted by crowds of well-wishers and feted with receptions. The inauguration itself was held outdoors and Washington was the only president (thus far) to kiss the Bible after taking the oath. To top things off, fireworks lit up the night sky. The inaugural ball did not take place that evening, but was postponed until May 7 ,which was probably a disappointment for George Washington, as he loved to dance!