TODAY

ON THE WEST FRONT STEPS OF THE CAPITOL

11:30 a.m. to noon -- National Children's Choir; Old Mill Patriot Band; J.F. Kennedy High School Band; remarks by Education Secretary William J. Bennett; Chantilly Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir; J.F. Kennedy High School Band; Capitol Cluster Musical Theatre Ensemble and George Mason Junior and Senior High School Chorus.

Noon to 12:30 p.m. -- Appearance by the Town Crier; TheatreWorks, presentation of "We The People," and a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Band.

12:30 to 1 p.m. -- Town Crier; performances by Ben Franklin and the Living History Dancers; U.S. Coast Guard Band; the Shaw Brothers; and the White Mountain Singers, of Nashua, N.H.

1 to 1:30 p.m. -- Town Crier; Ben Franklin; performances by Cathedral Choral Society/Howard University Choir; U.S. Coast Guard Band; and a Military Color Guard. Guest emcees ABC TV's Ted Koppel and D.C. School Superintendent Floretta D. McKenzie. Ceremonial entrance of judicial branch, legislative branch and executive branch. Entrance of retired chief justice Warren E. Burger; House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.); Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.); Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist; Stephanie Petit, and Banneker High School student Damien Atkins. Ceremonial entrance of President Reagan. Invocation by House and Senate chaplains. Entrance of 3rd Infantry-Old Guard.

1:30 to 2 p.m. -- 3rd Infantry-Old Guard performs; welcome by guest emcee Koppel. Guest emcee McKenzie presents singer Alisan Porter and Army Band in a performance of "This is My Country"; remarks and preamble by Burger, and performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by singer Holly Robinson and Army Band. Remarks by Byrd; remarks by Wright; remarks by Rehnquist, and remarks by outstanding youth Stephanie Petit. Atkins introduces Reagan, who invites students and speakers to join him and lead nation in Pledge of Allegiance. Fife and drum performance and closing remarks by McKenzie and Koppel. President, choir, participants and audience sing "God Bless America" as 100,000 balloons are released.

AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Noon -- "Bicentennial '87" lecture with Frances FitzGerald, "American Pluralism: The Evangelical Tradition, Secular Politics and the Constitution," at the Pennsylvania Avenue Theater.

1:30 p.m. -- Film presentation of "Government as It Is: The Judicial Branch" narrated by Jack Anderson. 58 minutes. Pennsylvania Avenue Theater.

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. -- Dramatic presentation of "Gallant and Lawless Act" by Paul Lavrakas and Paradise Island Express. Constitution Avenue Lawn (in case of rain, at Pennsylvania Avenue Theater).

6 p.m. -- Performance by Colonial Cotillion of Alexandria, Constitution Avenue Steps. 7:30 p.m. -- Performance by Vienna-Falls Sweet Adelines. Constitution Avenue Steps.

11 p.m. to 3 a.m. -- Live radio broadcast of the "Larry King Show" at The Rotunda.