From famous works of art to industry-changing innovations and successful meetings and conventions, some of the world’s greatest minds have chosen to make it in Philadelphia.
With a legacy of hosting prestigious events, starting with the First Continental Congress to today, Philadelphia has everything needed to host the Democratic National Convention. Our strong minority business community, engaged labor presence and unrivaled delegate experience have made the city a top choice for some of the country’s most important meetings and conventions.
Here are some more reasons why Philadelphia is the choice to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016:
- Go where the people are. Philadelphia is the second-largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest in the U.S.
- Location, location, location. Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City and two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia, and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is an easy stop away for the Northeast Corridor rail line.
- Philadelphia knows how to host big events. Every year, we host the nation’s premier 4th of July celebration, the Wawa Welcome America Festival, attracting more than a million people to a week-long series of events across the city. We’ve been selected to host the Republican National Convention in 2000 and the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which brought Pope Francis with more than one million people from around the world to Philadelphia.
- It’s a walkable, easy-to-navigate city. Thanks to founder William Penn, Philadelphia’s Center City follows an easy-to-navigate grid street design.
- The country was born here. The country’s Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated and formed a new country in Philadelphia. Independence Hall—plus the city’s streets, houses and taverns—hosted the revolutionary gatherings. Independence National Historical Park, called America’s most historic square mile, includes national treasures such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation.
- Philadelphia’s art scene is the best in the country. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a destination in itself. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum and The Franklin Institute line the culture-packed boulevard.
- There should be a convention just for Philadelphia’s food. People can’t get enough of Philly’s dining scene—street food, a handful of Top Chef stars (and winners), 300+ bring-your-own-bottle restaurants, outdoor eateries, sidewalk seating reminiscent of European cities, craft pizza spots and the storied Italian Market. To put it simply, Philadelphia is a food town.
- The hotels are for more than just sleeping. They’re almost attractions themselves. HotelChatter named Philadelphia the “Best Hotel Scene of 2013.” Why?
- Recent additions of new brand hotels (Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in view of the Liberty Bell and the newly redesigned Radisson Blu)
- Upcoming projects (W + Element and SLS International)
- Photo-worthy hotel views of the city
- The RNC attendees loved it here, and the city has only gotten better. Here are just a few additions to the city since then:
- Barnes Foundation – Dr. Albert Barnes’ world-renowned collection moved from a suburban town to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2012. The museum houses 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and 7 Van Goghs and African sculpture.
- The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation – Just steps from the Liberty Bell, people view structural fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.
- National Museum of American Jewish History – Exhibitions, rare artifacts and interactive displays mark the contributions, hardships and successes of American Jews through every phase of the country’s history.
- Comcast Center – The tallest building in Philadelphia and one of the tallest “green” buildings in the nation, the Comcast Center draws people into its lobby with The Comcast Experience—one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays.
- Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Located on the Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Steet), the $265 million Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is home to The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and American Theater Arts for Youth.
- National Constitution Center – Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America’s history, the National Constitution Center examines “We the People” through exhibits, artifacts and the theatrical production Freedom Rising.
- Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building – This Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) property sits across the street from the main building and houses the PMA’s vast costume and textile collection, as well as modern and contemporary design and photographs.
- Benjamin Franklin Museum – Dedicated to celebrating the legacy of one of America’s most storied forefathers, the museum features artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays that explore Franklin’s life and character.
- Liberty Bell Center – The Liberty Bell Center provides a fitting setting for the icon of freedom, and for the first time allows visitors to view exhibits focusing on the Bell’s origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom.
- Schuylkill River Trail – Whether on bike, foot or rollerblades, outdoor enthusiasts work it out along the city-to-suburb Schuylkill River Trail.
- Dilworth Plaza – In fall 2014, the $55 million renovation of Dilworth Plaza transformed the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public space, complete with tree groves and green areas, an outdoor cafe, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets.