The 2020 Democratic National Convention officially kicks off Monday night, though like most things in our lives, the quadrennial celebration will be dramatically altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

While the convention was scheduled to take place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, all speakers will appear remotely, delivering short speeches with no cheering crowds to egg them on. Think less C-Span, more Tik Tok, with musical acts and testimonials (including a former Trump voter from Pennsylvania who is supporting Biden) tying each night together for something that will have more in common with this year’s NFL Draft than the balloon-dropping mega-events we’re accustomed to watching.

Former Vice President Joe Biden won’t be traveling to Wisconsin, opting instead to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night from the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront in Delaware. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris will also speak from Delaware, delivering Wednesday night’s final speech in what will be the California Democrat’s largest audience since being announced as Biden’s vice presidential nominee.

The four-day convention is packed with notable speakers, including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who is scheduled to deliver Monday night’s final speech. There are also several local lawmakers scheduled to appear, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Delaware Sen. Chris Coons. Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, a Philadelphia native who was on the committee that helped steer Biden to select Harris as his running mate, is scheduled to speak Tuesday, in what will easily be her largest audience since she was elected in 2016.

In addition to speeches, the DNC is rolling out a star-studded lineup of musicians scheduled to perform across all four nights. Among the headliners are The Chicks, Billie Eilish, John Legend, Stephen Stills, and Jennifer Hudson.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention:

What time does the 2020 Democratic National Convention start?

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern and last two hours, and frankly, it will be hard for anyone awake to miss it.

The convention will stream live on the DNC’s official website and across all their social media channels. In Philadelphia, it will also air live on NBC, ABC, CBS, and WHYY, with most networks opting to carry the final hour beginning at 10 p.m. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News will also offer live coverage starting hours before the event begins, each offering analysis.

Comcast Xfinity X1 subscribers can watch all the programming by simply saying “DNC” into their remote.

You can also stream it live on Inquirer.com, courtesy of the DNC:

Who will be speaking Monday night?

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who has been critical of President Donald Trump, is among those scheduled to speak Monday night.
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Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who has been critical of President Donald Trump, is among those scheduled to speak Monday night.

Eleven speakers are scheduled to deliver speeches Monday night, headlined by former First Lady Michelle Obama. The full list of speakers includes:

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
  • South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn
  • Convention chairman and Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson
  • Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore
  • Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich
  • Alabama Sen. Doug Jones
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama

What’s the full schedule this week for the 2020 Democratic National Convention?

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the convention's final speech on Thursday night. California Sen. Kamala Harris, whom Biden selected as his vice presidential nominee, will speak Wednesday night.
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the convention's final speech on Thursday night. California Sen. Kamala Harris, whom Biden selected as his vice presidential nominee, will speak Wednesday night.

The Democratic National Convention will take place over four nights this week, from Monday to Thursday. Convention programming is scheduled to air live each night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern.

Here are the most notable speakers for the remaining nights of the convention, including local lawmakers:

  • Tuesday: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former President Bill Clinton, and former Second Lady Jill Biden
  • Wednesday: California Sen. and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama
  • Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, former Vice President Joe Biden

What are conventions like this actually for?

While political conventions have largely grown into television events designed to promote political parties and their leaders, the business of the convention includes formalizing a party platform, which was updated at the end of July. It is based on a report issued by joint task forces organized by Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who garnered the second most delegates during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

To the dismay of some of the party’s more progressive members, the platform doesn’t include a plan for a single-payer health care system, like “Medicare for all.” Instead, it calls for the addition of a public option to the existing Affordable Care Act.

There will also be a formal vote of delegates to officially nominate Biden as the party’s presidential nominee.

When will the Republican National Convention take place?

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday

The 2020 Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 24. President Donald Trump said he plans to deliver his acceptance speech from the lawn of the White House, and is expected to be the central focus each night.

The Republican National Committee hasn’t yet released an official list of speakers, but in addition to the Trump family, other Republicans reportedly expected to deliver remarks include South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to deliver his speech on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from Fort McHenry in Baltimore.