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The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania

From July 25-28, 2016, all eyes will be on Philadelphia as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.
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National Constitution Center - Credit G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


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.

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.

Pennsylvania is home to extraordinary political movements and moments like the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Explore the resources below and make some history of your own!

Getting to Philadelphia

Driving to the City of Brotherly Love? We have a road trip for you!

Regardless of where your journey begins, we want you to follow wherever joy leads you. Check out our website for unique and unexpected things to see and do during your time in Pennsylvania.

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Events and Activities during the DNC

Philly Feast

Kicking off the DNC, this food truck festival includes local food, live music, and a slate of Philly-centric retail vendors will bring together convention attendees, volunteers, and Philadelphia residents for the tastiest party in town.


PoliticalFest is a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history that will be housed at seven locations throughout Philadelphia each centered on a specific theme related to American politics, government and history.

Donkeys Around Town

Donkeys Around Town is a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C., and Democrats Abroad.


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.


Philadelphia was recently ranked among the top food cities in the country by Travel + Leisure.

Explore the city’s diverse and flavorful restaurants and dining option.

Things To Do

Philadelphia was recently named the first World Heritage City in the United States. With so much to see and do, use the resources below to help you explore this one-of-a-kind city:

Safety and Health

Before you travel into the city, check out the road closures and any city service updates that might be happening before the event and/or the day of the DNC.

Also, stay up-to-date on changing traffic conditions and information about street closures and restrictions by checking out The site is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.

Only in PA

All roads lead to history! From our iconic buildings and battlefields to museums and memorials, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to delve into our nation’s past and learn more about our presidential ties.

Take a trip throughout the Commonwealth to check out many one-of-a-kind attractions from architectural marvels and the nation’s old residential street, to the oldest brewery and one of America’s favorite candy bars.

Pennsylvania is home to many groundbreaking firsts, quirky capitals and impressive scenery. Throughout the Keystone State, you’ll make many unique discoveries!

In Pennsylvania, happiness is our keystone. Whether you find it in the rugged beauty of our wilderness, the artistic spaces of our cultural centers, the hallowed grounds of our historical sites, or the welcoming small towns tucked away in our rural countryside, we invite you to Pursue your Happiness!

Stay In The Know

For updates on all activities in and around the city, be sure to follow along on social media and use the hashtag #PHLDNC2016

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