Reagan Funeral Schedule

Funeral events for former President Ronald Reagan (all times EDT).

We wonder how much of it will be carried live by the cable news networks, and how much will be replayed in the evenings. We might like to watch the funeral procession and ceremony on Wednesday evening, but we plan to spend the remainder of the time covering other news.

1 p.m.: Reagan family motorcade and hearse leave Santa Monica funeral home en route to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
2 p.m.: Reagan family private ceremony at library.
3 p.m.: Reagan lies in repose at the library's main lobby for public closed casket visitation which continues through the night. Buses will transfer visitors from Moorpark College in nearby Moorpark.

9 p.m.: Lying in repose at library ends.

11 a.m.: Nancy Reagan and family arrive at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
11:15 a.m.: Departure ceremony at the library.
11:30 a.m.: Reagan family motorcade departs library for Point Mugu Naval Air Station.
Noon: Departure ceremony at air station.
12:30 p.m.: Aircraft departs Point Mugu for Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.
5 p.m.: Aircraft arrives at Andrews.
6 p.m.: Formal funeral procession to Capitol, with coffin transfer from hearse onto horse-drawn caisson at 1600 Constitution Avenue. The caisson will continue east on Constitution and a 21-aircraft flyover will coincide with the cortege crossing Fourth Street at 6:05 p.m. It will proceed one block on Pennsylvania Avenue to the west side of the Capitol. Eight-member coffin-bearing teams with representatives from each branch of the military will carry the coffin toward a first-floor entrance. Mrs. Reagan will await the coffin inside the Capitol.
7 p.m.: State funeral ceremony in Capitol rotunda for Reagan family and dignitaries. No one but Mrs. Reagan and the immediate family will be seated. The coffin will be arranged with the head to the east and the feet to the west.
8:30 p.m.: Lying in state begins in rotunda and continues through the night. The public will file around the coffin and then leave the building through the same door used to enter.


All day: Lying in state continues for 24 hours in Capitol Rotunda.


7 a.m.: Public viewing ends.
10:30 a.m.: Departure ceremony at the Capitol.
10:45 a.m.: Motorcade departs Capitol for Washington National Cathedral.
11:15 a.m.: Motorcade arrives at cathedral.
11:30 a.m. National funeral service at cathedral. Eulogies planned by President Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
1:15 p.m.: Departure ceremony from cathedral.
1:45 p.m.: Motorcade heads to Andrews Air Force Base.
2:45 p.m.: Aircraft departs Andrews.

7:45 p.m.: Aircraft arrives at Point Mugu Naval Air Station in California.
9 p.m.: Motorcade arrives at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
9:15 p.m.: Private interment service at library.
10:30 p.m.: Interment ceremony concludes.

Update: The federal government will close all offices on Friday in honor of President Regan. We begin our annual retreat for the Officers of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Friday in D.C. Closed or open, there will still be plenty of people to tell us what it was like in DC during the week, and we'll be sure to share their observations with you.

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