Today we announced a number of events, promotions and happenings to come to Philly this July for the Democratic National Convention. There are a number of activities and events that will be open to the public, that you won’t want to miss.
In fact, we’ll be using the hashtag #DNCDontMissThis on social media, making it easier for residents and Convention visitors to learn about local happenings around town that are open to the public as well as post their own experiences enjoying Convention-related public events.
Read on to learn what else is happening during Convention Week.
We’re encouraging shops, restaurants, bars and attractions to offer exclusive deals or specials on food, beverage, clothing and merchandise, attraction admission, and more, announcing them via social media with the hashtag #DNCDeals. #DNCDeals can be enjoyed by Convention attendees, media and residents. Businesses using #DNCDeals to promote their specials will be able to update existing deals or add more deals to #DNCDeals at any time, simply by using #DNCDeals from their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Phillyfunguide.com, visitphilly.com, uwishunu.com and PHLDNC.com will highlight some of the best deals, specials and exhibits posted to #DNCDeals during Convention Week. Learn more about the program here.
Wondering what #DNCDeals might look like? Here’s what McGillins, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia and one of the oldest in the country, is offering:
McGillin’s welcomes the DNC with special drinks and menu items including the Dublin Donkey (ginger beer with a shot of Jameson), the Red, White & Blue Cocktail and the Red, White and Bleu Burger. McGillin’s location on a tiny alley behind Philadelphia City Hall means it’s not unusual to find politicians including Mayors and Governors visiting and even doing karaoke.
PhillyFeast, United We Eat:
PhillyFeast will be a Night Market-style food truck festival that will take place during the day and will kick off Convention Week. The festival will include a diverse lineup of locally-based food trucks, live music, and retail vendors. The event will bring together Convention guests, volunteers and Philadelphia residents on the first day of the Convention, Monday, July 25th, 11am-3pm, at 3rd and Arch Streets, in Old City.
Center City Sips:
The Host Committee and Center City District are seeking to create the biggest outdoor Center City Sips ever on Wednesday, July 27th by encouraging residents, delegates, and Convention guests to begin their Sips experience at Dilworth Plaza, Comcast Plaza, and Centre Square at 5pm. They will then be encouraged to continue their evening at other participating Sips locations during the Center City-wide happy hour.
The Host Committee is working with local bars, restaurants, and venues that have TVs to hold watch parties each night of the Convention, especially the final night, Thursday, July 28th, when the Democratic candidate for President will formally accept the nomination. These watch parties will allow members of the public to convene and experience the Convention in some of the best spots in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for details on these locations.
Lights and Décor:
Storefronts around the city will be decorated in red, white, and blue and the city skyline, Boathouse Row, and Avenue of the Arts will be illuminated in blue for the duration of the Convention. Skyline buildings that will glow blue each night of the Convention include:
- 1835 Market Street
- Benjamin Franklin Bridge
- Cira Center
- FMC Tower
- Free Library
- Kimmel Center
- One Liberty Place
- PAFA Samuel Hamilton Building
- Park Town Place
- Penn’s Landing Hilton Hotel
- Southstar Lofts
- Symphony House Condominiums
- Three Logan Square
Donkeys Around Town:
Donkeys Around Town will be an installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys, each painted by a local artist to represent a participating Convention delegation and placed in publicly accessible locations across Philadelphia. The donkeys will be on display July 1st-September 5th, and members of the public will be encouraged to participate in an app-based scavenger hunt to find all 57 donkeys.
PoliticalFest will be a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House. It will be a non-partisan exhibit comprising seven participating locations, each centered around a specific theme related to American politics, government, and history. It will be a ticketed event, open to the public and appropriate for all ages, running from July 22nd-27th. Buy tickets here.
We’ll share more about these events on our website and social media channels as details are available in the coming months.