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The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC)

July 25-28, 2016: The political world converges on Philadelphia

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GENERAL INFORMATION


From July 25-28, 2016, all eyes will be on Philadelphia as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.

Held at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, the convention is one of the marquee events of the 2016 presidential race.

During the week-long gathering, delegates from the Democratic Party will announce their nominations for president and vice president of the United States.

The convention not only has major implications for the political world, but is also expected to have a significant economic impact on the region.

DNC FAST FACTS

  • The Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia from July 25-28, 2016.
  • The events will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

See you soon, Philadelphia! #DNC16

Posted by Democratic Party on Thursday, February 12, 2015


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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES


#DNCDeals

Looking for unique and exclusive deals or specials that Philadelphia-area businesses are offering during the DNC? Just search for the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media.

From exclusive menu items to political exhibitions and more, #DNCDeals is the best way to stay up to date on what museums, attractions, restaurants, shops and more are doing to celebrate the DNC in Philadelphia.

Best of all, #DNCDeals is for everyone — you don't need to be a delegate or attending the DNC to enjoy the fun things being offered around the convention.

For more information about #DNCDeals, including info about how to participate if you're a business, check out phldnc.com/dncdeals or click the button below.

#DNCDeals Gallery



Donkeys Around Town

To welcome delegates, elected officials and citizens from around the nation to Philadelphia for the DNC, the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention will unveil Donkeys Around Town, a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C. and Democrats Abroad.

In partnership with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and Art Jawn, the host committee sourced more than two dozen local Philly artists to paint the 250-pound fiberglass mules. Each of the 57 donkeys will include the name of the state it reps and iconic imagery from that state or territory.

The donkeys will be on view at publicly accessible locations all around Philadelphia like the Independence Visitor Center, One Liberty Observation Deck and the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

Donkeys Around Town Location Map

Donkeys Around Town Scavenger Hunt

Participate in the free app-based Donkeys Around Town scavenger hunt from July 21–28 to win prizes, including a two-night stay in Philadelphia.

Visit donkeys stationed around Philly, complete a corresponding interactive challenge and earn points using the app. The more donkeys you check in at, the better prizes you'll be eligible to win.

Visit scavify.com/dnc or click the button below for more details and to download the app.

#DonkeysAroundTown Gallery

PoliticalFest

From July 22 to 27, the Democratic National Convention's host committee will present PoliticalFest, a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history, government and the road to the White House.

Housed at seven locations throughout Philadelphia, PoliticalFest is a non-partisan display that combines multimedia and interactive displays, historical objects and special events to entertain and engage both residents and convention attendees.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center (pictured above on the left) will host a portion of PoliticalFest. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The hub of PoliticalFest will be the National Constitution Center (NCC) and its exhibition Headed to the White House, which explores the history and excitement of election season. Additionally, the NCC will host activities and shows including live interviews, political trivia battles and panel discussions. Plus, C-SPAN’s educational bus will be parked outside the NCC for the run of PoliticalFest.

The full list of PoliticalFest locations includes:

  • the National Constitution Center
  • the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • The Philadelphia Library Company
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and
  • the Heritage Center at the Union League.

Headed to the White House, an exhibition exploring all aspects of a U.S. presidential election, is just one of seven exhibitions that's part of PoliticalFest.

A ticketed exhibition, one admission gets exhibition-goers into all seven PoliticalFest sites for the duration of the entire exhibition — so, anyone who purchases a ticket can use that same ticket to visit all seven locations anytime between July 22 and 27.

Tickets are free for veterans and convention attendees, $15 for general admission adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.

Additionally, ticket holders can easily travel from location to location. PoliticalFest tickets are also good for transportation on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop and a Philly PHLASH dedicated PoliticalFest loop.

A dedicated bus loop courtesy of the Philly PHLASH will circulate to all seven locations during operation hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in addition to the regularly scheduled downtown loop.

Click the button below to buy tickets and for more information on PoliticalFest.



Watch Parties

Much of the country's attention will be focused on the political action taking place from July 25 to 28 at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Arena as the Democratic National Convention's official proceedings take place nightly.

move screening at the schmidts common

Philadelphia's locals and visitors can tune in, too, via organized watch parties and convenient live streams. Check out the large party scheduled for the convention's finale at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons — complete with Jumbotron screening, area restaurant specials (check #DNCDeals) and more.



Philly Feast Food Truck

Hungry for a festival? Philly Feast, United We Eat arrives in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25 in Old City to mark the very first day of the long-awaited Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

A joint project with Plate of the Union and The Food Trust, Philly Feast will feature a select group of food trucks and food vendors that represent the best, most diverse eats the city has to offer.

The lineup includes such luminaries as Gigi & Big R, Foolish Waffles, Philadelphia Distilling, Luke’s Lobster, Vegan Commissary, Taco Mondo, Nomad Pizza and Underground Donuts, among others.

food trucks at night market

No matter what your political persuasion, Philly Feast is a party everyone can get on board with. (D. Tavani for Night Market)

In addition, there will be live music on the main stage, by acts such as King, Chill Moody, Philbilly and the B Street Band, plus roving entertainers to keep the party rolling.

A vendor market will feature the works of Philly and regional makers, including crafts, clothing, jewelry and more.

Click the button below for more info on Philly Feast.



DNC Pop-Up Shop at the Comcast Center

In celebration of the DNC, the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention and Impact Dimensions have opened the official DNC pop-up shop at the Comcast Center at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

The shop will be the go-to place for official DNC merchandise and will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, August 5.

Inside of the pop-up shop a variety of goods will be available for sale — apparel, drinkware, buttons and accessories, all with designs centered around “Philadelphia 2016.”

Most of the merchandise being featured was designed by local artists, including Duke & Winston, Brett Bender, LisaBeth Weber, Michael Fulkerson for doyle + associates, Dom Streater, Mary K. Dougherty & Associates and Dan Duffy.

Beyond the pop-up shop at the Comcast Center, official merchandise will be also available at pop-up shops at both the Pennsylvania Convention Center and 30th Street Station.

For more information on the pop-up shops and to view select available items, click the button below.



DNC 2016 App

Now available for Android and iPhone, the DNC 2016 app is the official app for the Democratic National Convention this July in Philadelphia.

The app allows users to:

  • livestream the convention
  • access exclusive DNC-related content and news
  • view the schedule for the DNC as well as for caucuses, councils and more
  • watch videos, read speeches, view photos and more from past conventions
  • join the conversation on social media about the DNC, and
  • learn about all of the awesome things to do in Philadelphia.

The app is a great resource for delegates, visitors and residents, and is now available for download on iTunes and Google Play for iPhones and Androids.

Click the buttons below to download the DNC 2016 app.

GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND


R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast and the fifth largest in the nation, is conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City.

In fact, more than 63 million people – approximately a quarter of the U.S. population – live within a 5.5-hour drive from Philadelphia.

But you don’t have to drive; Philadelphia is accessible by car, train, bus and airplane.

Airplane: From anywhere!

One of the best ways to get to Philadelphia from outside the region: flying.

The Philadelphia International Airport, located about seven miles from Center City, serves as a hub for the newly merged American Airlines and US Airways and a base for nearly 30 other carriers (including several discount carriers such as Southwest Airlines and Frontier).

Together, those carriers offer 700 daily nonstop flights to more than 120 domestic and international cities. The airport transports more than 30 million passengers every year.

From the airport, SEPTA's Airport Regional Rail Line runs every 30 minutes both into and out of the city. It's an extremely fast and easy way to get from the airport to downtown.

Click the button below to book a flight to Philadelphia.



Train: From Boston, New York, Washington DC, Harrisburg And More

acela amtrak pope philadelphia
Photo courtesy Amtrak

Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is a major East Coast hub, with trains that run along the northeast corridor serving Boston (six-hour commute), New York (under 90 minutes), Baltimore (90 minutes) and Washington, DC (two hours).

30th Street Station is also just minutes from Center City Philadelphia.

For more information on Amtrak and to purchase tickets, click the button below.

Getting Around

Extended road or highway closures in Center City and other areas outside of the Stadium District are not anticipated. However, there may be rolling intermittent closures due to dignitary movements or protests.

There will be traffic restrictions around the sports complex, though, and United States Secret Service is responsible for those details. All the details are available on the city’s DNC home page.

secret service map dnc 2016 philadelphia

That said, due to the concentration of activity in Center City during the day, all residents and visitors are encouraged to take public transit as much as possible instead of driving.

Before leaving the house, it’s recommended to check @PhiladelphiaGov for any traffic news.

SEPTA & Public Transportation

Aside from walking, Philadelphia's excellent transit system is the best way to get around town. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation's fifth-largest transit system, is the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter-rail system in the United States. SEPTA's vast network of bus, subway, and trolley commuter services will get you anywhere you need to go — or at least very close.



Additional service along SEPTA's Broad Street Line (BSL) will be added during the convention. Travelers should expect crowds on public transit similar to sporting events when Convention programming begins and ends.

While the Convention has not yet released their full schedule, historically sessions have begun at 5 p.m. and concluded at 11 p.m.

Transit riders can sign up for SEPTA alerts regarding system delays and service disruptions through the City’s mass notification system, ReadyPhiladelphia.

SEPTA also offers information through its website and social media.

Taxis, Uber & Lyft

Taxis can be found all over town and are great ways to get to various destinations throughout the city if you’re in a hurry. Cabs are easy to find at transportation hubs like the Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Station, but you can also hail one the old fashioned way on most busy city streets.

Uber and Lyft are convenient and easy ways to navigate Philadelphia. Just download the Uber or Lyft app, sign up for an account, hail a ride using your smart phone and start exploring the city.


PHLASH

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop, the easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions, will operate its regular route and daily service (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) throughout the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Some delays should be expected due to anticipated high volume of traffic.

ACCOMMODATIONS


(Photo courtesy Philadelphia Marriott Downtown)

Hotels

Philadelphia is ready to welcome visitors for the DNC.

There are more than 11,000 hotel rooms in Center City, and about 8,000 within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall. Some 4,500 rooms surround the Philadelphia International Airport.

Browse the hotels available in the Greater Philadelphia area by clicking the button below.



Airbnb

Another accommodation option for Philadelphia visitors and travelers: Airbnb.

Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to allow Airbnb to operate when it signed an agreement with the company in 2015.

With a presence in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries, Airbnb has become a resource both for travelers looking for unique accommodations around the world and for residents looking to open up their homes, apartments and more to visitors.

From row homes to apartments, private bedrooms to hostels, travelers have tons of options on where to stay, how long to stay for and much more.

For more information on Airbnb in Philadelphia, click the button below.

THINGS TO DO


Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks.

Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside.

What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences that you have to discover in person. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, amazing dining and vibrant nightlife.

Things To Do

Looking for more things to do while you're in town for the DNC? Look no further than our wealth of guides to the best of Philadelphia:



What People Are Saying About Philly

Philadelphia is an awesome place to visit right now. Just look at what the press is saying about the city recently:

Lonely Planet called Philadelphia
"The Best Place to Visit in the U.S. in 2016"

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Fodor's called Philadelphia a
"Top Travel Destination for 2016"

LINK

Huffington Post called Philadelphia
"The Coolest City In America."

LINK

The New York Times said "Philadelphia has never been more ready to show itself off to the world."

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FAQ & MORE RESOURCES


1. When is the Democratic National Convention (DNC)?

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia begins Monday, July 25, 2016 and officially ends Thursday evening, July 28, 2016.



2. Where does the DNC take place?

The DNC takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in the evening and is expected to run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m each day.

During regular work hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m), smaller caucuses and council meetings will take place at various times at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


The Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention. (Courtesy Wells Fargo Center)


3. How many attendees are coming to Philadelphia for the DNC?

Approximately 50,000 participants are coming to Philly, between delegates, media and other attendees (about the equivalent of the annual Army-Navy game).



4. How can Philadelphia residents and the general public join in the DNC?

There are tons of awesome Convention-related events happening around town that are open to the public. For more information and a list of events, check out www.phldnc.com.

Also, be sure to follow the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media to learn about deals and activities local businesses and attractions are offering during the Convention. Learn more at www.phldnc.com/dncdeals.



5. Can I get into the Wells Fargo Center? Can anyone attend the Convention?

Only credentialed media, delegates, politicians and volunteers have access inside the Wells Fargo Center.

However, the smaller councils and caucus meetings which take place during the day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are open to the public.

Plus, local, bars, restaurants, and venues with TVs throughout the city will hold watch parties as the Democratic candidate for President formally accepts that nomination. Visit phldnc.com and #DNCDeals for where to watch and any specials.



6. When are the best times for locals and visitors to go out during the Convention?

Anytime!

Convention exhibitions like PoliticalFest are open all day and Center City attractions, restaurants and bars will maintain regular business hours.

The Convention officially takes place in the evening, so attendees will generally be at the Wells Fargo Center from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening.



7. How can I share or find out about DNC promotions and specials?

Restaurants, bars, museums, attractions and shops can be a part of the DNC by using the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media accounts to spread the word about deals and activities they’re offering during the Convention.

Anyone can search #DNCDeals on Twitter and Instagram for updates on all participants’ deals. Learn more at www.phldnc.com/dncdeals.



8. What about transportation? Will any highways or streets be closed during the DNC?

No. At this time, extended road or highway closures in Center City and other areas outside of the Stadium District are not anticipated. However, there may be rolling intermittent closures due to dignitary movements or protests.

There will be traffic restrictions around the sports complex, though, and United States Secret Service is responsible for those details. All the details are available on the city’s DNC home page.

That said, due to the concentration of activity in Center City during the day, all residents and visitors are encouraged to take public transit as much as possible instead of driving.

Before leaving the house, it’s recommended to check @PhiladelphiaGov for any traffic news.


benjamin franklin bridge sunset

There are no extended road or highway closures anticipated during the DNC. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


9. Will any SEPTA routes change during the DNC?

Additional service along the Broad Street Line (BSL) will be added during the convention. Travelers should expect crowds on public transit similar to sporting events when Convention programming begins and ends.

While the Convention has not yet released their full schedule, historically sessions have begun at 5 p.m.and concluded at 11 p.m.

Transit riders can sign up for SEPTA alerts regarding system delays and service disruptions through the City’s mass notification system, ReadyPhiladelphia.

SEPTA also offers information through its website and social media.



10. Are there any changes to trash and recycling service during the DNC? Or other city services?

At this time, all city services are expected to operate as scheduled.

If that changes, the information will be available on the city’s DNC home page.



11. Will there be special parking or towing restrictions?

There will be some parking or towing restrictions, though not nearly as extensive as last year's Papal Visit. Before the weekend of July 23, and throughout the week of the DNC, please be sure to check the street signs near where you normally park each day to ensure there are no temporary parking restrictions.



12. Will neighborhood police and fire services be affected due to reassignment of first-responders?

No. Philadelphia Police, Philadelphia Fire and EMS services will not be impacted by the DNC.



13. What if I have questions that aren't answered here?

First, please check out www.phldnc.com and/or www.phila.gov/democraticnationalconvention.

Additionally, check www.phldnc.com/contact for contact information for general inquiries, inquiries related to volunteering and inquiries related to Host Committee events.

If your questions aren't answered, call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies. The week of the Convention, 311 will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



14. How can I stay up to date on what’s going on in Philadelphia during the Convention?

For updates on all of the Host Committee’s activities, be sure to follow along on social media via @PHLDNC2016, @PhiladelphiaGov, @philly311, @PHLVisitorCntr, @visitphilly and @uwishunu.



Twitter Accounts To Follow
@phldnc2016 @demconvention @visitphilly
@uwishunu @PhiladelphiaGov @philly311


More Resources

  • phila.gov — The official DNC website from the city of Philadelphia.
  • phldnc.com – Democratic National Convention coverage and information from the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC
  • demconvention.com – Official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee
  • uwishunu.com – The what’s-happening blog of visitphilly.com that helps people find more things to see and do


Philadelphia's Presidential History

Philadelphia is no stranger to political conventions.

The Republican Party held its first Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 1856. They returned in 1872, 1900, 1940, 1948 and most recently in 2000.

Democrats have held their Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia twice — in 1936 and in 1948.

For more information on Philadelphia's presidential connections, click the button below.

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