Five Things To Look Out for at This Year’s Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week.

The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week amid a pandemic and financial crisis that has ravaged the United States. Among virtual speakers, celebrity performances, high-profile democrat appearances and Kamala Harris’ historic nomination — this year’s convention is one for the books.

Here are five things to look out for at this year’s DNC.


1. No Falling Balloons

There will be no blue balloons falling from the ceiling this year as the convention turns virtual as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and California Senator Kamala Harris will virtually accept the democratic nomination from Delaware instead of the convention’s usual gathering place in Milwaukee. 

The event will kick off its broadcast from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST Monday and will stick to the same schedule ending Thursday. Viewers can watch the full two hours on C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and PBS. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News will only cover the event for the second hour. You can also watch a livestream of the event on the DNC’s website. 


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2. Harris Makes History

Kamala Harris’ acceptance of the democratic vice-presidential nomination will make her the first Indian-American and first Black woman on a major party ticket running for president. Harris was among a number of Black women on Biden’s shortlist to run as his vice president. But last week, Harris emerged as the top contender as Biden chose the California Senator.


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3. Celebrity Support and Performances

Ten artists will perform American classics, such as the national anthem, accompanied by original music at different points throughout the four-night event. Among them are Billie Eilish, John Legend, Common, Leon Bridges, and Jennifer Hudson.

Many celebrities, not performing at this year’s convention, have expressed support for Biden’s campaign — especially after his decision in selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate. Celebrity support for the Biden campaign includes Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling, Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift, and Reese Witherspoon. 


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4. Political Icons Speak

A number of high-profile Democrats are set to speak at this year’s virtual convention. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who endorsed Biden earlier this year, and former first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the convention speaking Monday.

In the days following, Representative James E. Clyburn, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Governor John Kasich, and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will speak in support of Biden’s nomination. 


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5. The Final Countdown

After the convention ends on Thursday, there will be less than 80 days until the 2020 presidential election. Here are some platforms to make sure you are registered to vote this November: and



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