The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know?

By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film

July 20, 2016

Whoever coined the saying, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue your happiness. You have to catch it yourself,” didn’t say there was anything wrong with providing a few friendly suggestions on where it might be found.

With the 2016 Democratic National Convention just around the corner (July 25–28), I am thrilled to share some resources to make your visit — or a future visit! — even happier.

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.

Is Amtrak more your speed?

Visit PA Trips by Train for special packages and deals.

Events and Activities During the DNC and Throughout the Summer

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, government, and the road to the White House.

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.

Pennsylvania’s Presidential History

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.

Be sure to share your selfies with us via #PAHappySnaps for a chance to be featured on our website.

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!

To stay-up-to-date with the DNC coverage and learn more about the great places to travel in PA, visit our website and follow along on our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.


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