Philly’s Democratic National Convention: The Official Guide

Philly, it’s your time to shine. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) convention comes to town next week, and it’s already starting to spike demand in the city. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Know Your Road Closures

To accommodate its 50,000+ attendees, the city will be enforcing road closures starting today, July 22. You’ll only be able to access these roads if you (or your passenger) has a security pass, so make sure to study the map.

Pick Up at the Holiday Inn

We’ve reserved a convenient, easy spot for Lyft pickups at the Holiday Inn at 900 Packer Ave., and will be directing your passengers there. (It’s one of the few places you can access without a security pass.) To make sure every pickup goes smoothly, we recommend calling passengers after accepting their request.

Drop Off at Your Passenger’s Destination

If you or your passenger has a security pass, proceed through security to drop them off. Local traffic sites, like 511 and Philly Mag, are also a good resource for more information.

Follow the Schedule

It all starts today. As attendees make their way into town from July 22-24, they’ll turn to you for rides to local hotels, and to pre-convention events. (Good news: You’re approved to pick them up and drop them off at Philadelphia International Airport.)

The DNC itself takes place from July 25-28. You can expect high demand throughout each day: 

  • 9-10 AM: Hotels to the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 4-7 PM: Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Wells Fargo Center
  • 11 PM: Wells Fargo Center to hotels and bars
  • 2-4 AM: Bars close, delegates head to hotels

That’s not all: The convention’s scheduled major parties, especially on the last day of the DNC. 

  • 7 PM on Saturday, July 23: Media Party @ Citizens Bank Park 
  • 5:30 PM on Monday, July 25: Alicia Keys @ Politico Hub Opening 
  • 1 PM on Thursday, July 28: Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Jazzy Jeff @ BB&T Pavilion 
  • 7 PM on Thursday, July 28: Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech: DNC Watch Party @ The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons 

From July 29-31, attendees will need your help getting home, too. Get ready for 10 full days of high demand. 

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