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Democratic National Convention

July 25 – 28, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA

What to expect at National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Monday July 25th through Thursday July 28th.

National Delegates and Alternates will need to pay independently for travel, lodging, and all meals outside of the daily breakfasts. Additional guests will be able to purchase an event pass to attend the daily breakfasts, reception, and watch party.

The Washington Delegation will be housed along with the Massachusetts Delegation at the Sheraton Society Hill on the Delaware River, just half a mile from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Hotel rooms at the host hotel in Philadelphia cost $329+ per night. Delegates and Alternates should plan on arriving in Philadelphia by the afternoon of Sunday, July 24th, and departing on Friday, July 29th. Rooms in the host hotel are not available outside those dates. Although Delegates are not required to stay at the host hotel, it is highly recommended as all delegation meetings will take place in the hotel and all complimentary transportation provided by the DNC will depart from and return to the host hotel. If you do not stay at the host hotel, you will be responsible for getting yourself to and from all convention events.

Delegation Breakfast Meetings will be held daily at the Sheraton Society Hill each morning of the convention. On Monday and Wednesday, the Washington Delegation will meet separately. On Tuesday and Thursday, the Washington and Massachusetts Delegations will meet jointly. We will be joined by special guest speakers each day, to be announced.

Daytime committee meetings will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center – 1.5 miles from our hotel – and convention floor activities in the evening will be at the Wells Fargo Center – about 4 miles away.

The Washington and Massachusetts State Parties will host a joint Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 24th, aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia – a cruise ship docked on the Delaware River complete with food, drinks, and an open-air top deck.

The Washington and Massachusetts State Parties will join the Ohio State Party in hosting a Convention Watch Party on Thursday, July 28th, at the Positano Coast restaurant, just down the block from the Sheraton Society Hill. This will be an excellent place for guests without convention floor passes to watch the speeches and votes.

Delegates and Alternates who are elected to represent Washington State at the National Convention will receive further information shortly after the conclusion of the State Convention. This information will include:

  • Full schedule of events in Philadelphia

  • Flight recommendations

  • Hotel reservation instructions

  • Information from the DNCC regarding delegate transit between events and activities

  • Information for guests (not Delegates or Alternates)

  • Information for volunteers

If you want to know more about what to expect at the National Convention, please send your questions to or call 206-583-0664.