Watch the Democratic National Convention - Mon, Aug 17th - Thurs, Aug 20th.
(all times are EST)
How can I watch it?
The events will stream online at the DNC’s website, and on social-media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. You can also tune in the old-fashioned way, on an actual television, but as the New York Times reports, coverage will be limited:
The major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, plan to carry an hour of the convention live each night, from 10 to 11 p.m. on the East Coast. Cable news channels will air the two-hour nightly proceedings in full, but the Democrats’ jampacked schedule poses a risk that local affiliates in swing states could cut away at 11 p.m. if speakers aren’t wrapped up.
Monday, August 17 Lineup
Theme: “We the People.” Here’s what that means, according to the DNC:
This country is confronting a series of monumental challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic continues its rampage, tens of millions of people are out of work, and America is confronting the racial injustice that has marginalized too many people. Throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything. On Monday, we’ll hear from the many Americans who are rising up to take on these three crises, unite our country, and join Joe Biden in rebuilding the country and moving it forward.
9 p.m. ET: Speakers include Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Catherine Cortez Mastro, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Representative Jim Clyburn, Representative Gwen Moore, and Senator Doug Jones.
There will also be performances by Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges.
10 p.m. ET: Keynote speeches from Senator Bernie Sanders and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tuesday, August 18 Lineup
Theme: “Leadership Matters.” What that means, according to the DNC:
Leadership means rising to meet the nation’s challenges, not making them worse. To Joe Biden, it’s about putting the country ahead of yourself, and taking on the tough fights even when it’s unpopular. It’s about making sure the government — the military, the judiciary, the scientists, everyone — is working in the national interest, not a president’s political interests. Tuesday’s focus is on the leaders and the experts, the veterans and the activists, all those who seek to unite and not divide, and who step up — not back down — from a fight over what’s right.
9 p.m. ET: Speakers include former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former secretary of State John Kerry, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, and former president Bill Clinton.
Tuesday night will also feature the “Roll Call Across America.” Per the DNC: “We’ll hear from voters, delegates, parents, teachers, small business owners, activists, and leaders in the Democratic Party as they officially cast votes to nominate Joe Biden to become the next president of the United States of America.”
The evening’s “keynote address” will feature 17 of the party’s “rising stars,” including Stacey Abrams, State Senator Raumesh Akbari of Tennessee, Congressman Colin Allred of Texas, Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, State Senator Yvanna Cancela of Nevada, former State Representative Kathleen Clyde of Ohio, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried of Florida, Long Beach, California Mayor Robert Garcia, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta of Pennsylvania, State Senator Marlon Kimpson of South Carolina, Congressman Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, State Representative Mari Manoogian of Michigan, State Representative Victoria Neave of Texas, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, State Representative Sam Park of Georgia, State Representative Denny Ruprecht of New Hampshire, and Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin.
10 p.m. ET: Keynote speech from former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Wednesday, August 19 Lineup
Theme: “A More Perfect Union.” What that means, according to the DNC:
America is not going back to where it was before Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, because for too many people, that wasn’t good enough. As he leads us out of crisis, Joe Biden will help build back better. He will have a historic partner in these efforts: the first female vice-president. On Wednesday, you will hear from the vice-presidential nominee and many others who are committed to working alongside Joe Biden to achieve his goals to form a more perfect union.
9 p.m. ET: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Tony Evers, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Billie Eilish is set to perform.
10 p.m. ET: Keynote speeches from Senator Kamala Harris and former president Barack Obama.
Thursday, August 20 Lineup
Theme: “America’s Promise.” What that means, according to the DNC:
A former public defender, a leading senator, and two-term vice-president, Joe Biden is one of the most experienced candidates to ever seek the office. Throughout his career, he has been tested by historic recessions, global conflicts, pandemics, divisive politics, and the never-ending quest for justice and fairness in America. Every step of the way, he has risen to the moment with steady and effective leadership. Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are. Joe Biden is a man of character and decency, and of empathy and compassion who believes in America’s promise. On the final night of the convention, we will hear from those who can speak to Joe Biden’s leadership and character. Joe Biden will speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all.
8 p.m. ET: Pod Save America Live pre-show, in which podcast hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer will “lead us into the final night of the convention with a look back at the week’s highlights as well as classic moments from conventions past.” Watch at crooked.com/convention.
9 p.m. ET: Former vice-president Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Governor Gavin Newsom, Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Chris Coons, and Andrew Yang.
The Chicks are set to perform.
10 p.m. ET: Former vice-president Joe Biden’s acceptance speech.