10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The 2016 DNC Host City, Philadelphia

And Key Resources For Convention And Destination Storiesrn


rnThe 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and the country’s first World Heritage City, July 25-28, 2016. The city has enough history, art, culture, food, vibrant neighborhoods, parks and political landmarks to fill web, newspaper and magazine pages from now until the convention.rnrnHere are 10 things people might not know about the host city, plus key resources for convention and destination coverage.rnrn10 Philly Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know:rnrnOne-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia.rnThe fast-growing Indego bike-share program launched in spring 2015 and in less than nine months accommodated 400,000 rides—with 85% of them taken by locals, making Philadelphia’s program a model for other cities including Los Angeles and Chicago.rnThe city was the first destination in the world to air a gay-themed television commercial in 2004. It was part of the campaign Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay®.rnPhiladelphia is known as the City of Murals. Started as an anti-graffiti initiative in the 1980s, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has created 3,800 larger-than-life works and is the most influential mural arts organization in the world.rnIt’s not the first time the city has been in the political spotlight. The birthplace of America hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774. In more recent history, Philadelphia hosted the DNC in 1936 and 1948 and the RNC in 1856 (the first), 1872, 1900, 1940, 1948 and 2000.rnJust steps from Independence Hall, presidential hopeful Barack Obama delivered his famous speech on race, “A More Perfect Union,” at the National Constitution Center in 2008.rnIn the spirit of city founder William Penn’s vision for a “greene countrie town,” Philadelphia boasts the largest municipal park system, Fairmount Park. (Yes, bigger than Central Park.)rnPope Francis delivered three historic public addresses in Philadelphia in September 2015: a speech on immigration at Independence Hall, a statement about the importance of families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a Sunday mass, also on the Parkway.rnCheesesteaks are available 24/7, but most locals prefer roast pork sandwiches with broccoli rabe and provolone.rnHalf of the answers to the 100-question U.S. citizenship test study guide can be found in Philadelphia, where so many key historic events took place.rnDestination Resources For Media:rnrnvisitphilly.com/pressroom: Press releases about Philadelphia events and happenings, visitor stats, story ideas, high-resolution photos, vantage points and media contactsrnvisitphilly.isebox.net: High-definition b-roll library organized by topicrntwitter.com/visitphillypr: Just-for-media account focused on Philadelphia tourism newsrnConvention Resource For Media:rnrnphldnc.com: For all official Democratic National Convention coverage and informationrnVISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.rnrnOn Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.rnrnContact(s):rnDonna Schorr, (215) 599-0782