Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Thursday.
“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”
New York and Columbus, Ohio, were the two other cities hoping to secure the Democratic convention.
The event is scheduled for the week of July 25, 2016.
Candidates for the Democratic ticket are limited at this point unlike the crowded field of possible GOP candidates. Vice President Joe Biden says he will be making his final decision about running for president by the end of the summer. Suspected frontrunner Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether or not she will make a second bid for the White House.
Clinton is expected to win the Democratic nomination, if she does in fact enter the race.
The last time Philadelphia hosted a presidential convention was in 2000, when Republicans chose then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush as the GOP nominee.
The Republican Party previously announced it would hold its presidential nominating convention the week before the Democratic convention in Cleveland.