The 2016 Host Committee Thanks You

The 2016 Host Committee Thanks YouBeth A. Kapes2016 Host Committee

Preparing for the Republican National Convention is no small feat. For almost two years, it has taken countless individuals banding together throughout Northeast Ohio to make sure every detail is ready for the big event in July.

To help thank the efforts of so many, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee will host a post-Convention community-wide weekend celebration July 29-31 on the newly renovated Public Square and throughout Downtown Cleveland to recognize Northeast Ohio residents and volunteers for their contributions to Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The primary elements of the weekend programming will be “A Community Thank You Party,” on Saturday, July 30, from noon - 6 p.m. on Public Square as well as free admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. for residents of Northeast Ohio.

The party and free admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are made possible through the generous support of JobsOhio, The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, The Kulas Foundation and The John P. Murphy Foundation.

Those who attend the party, which is open to all, can enjoy family-friendly live entertainment, kids’ activities, giveaways, including Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and snacks for purchase from many of Cleveland’s great food trucks. Local visitors can also enjoy live music at the Rock Hall’s new outdoor beer garden and experience the museum’s featured summer exhibit “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics.” Rock Hall admission on July 30 is free for Northeast Ohio residents who live in ZIP codes beginning with 440, 441, 442 or 443 and have a valid ID.

“Hosting this Convention requires an immense amount of collaboration, support from our community leaders, thousands of man hours from the Host Committee’s 8,000 volunteers and cooperation and patience from the residents of Northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. “We hope people from across Northeast Ohio will come to Public Square and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to commemorate the unprecedented effort that is going into hosting this Convention. Its impact far exceeds the economic benefits. It validates the strength of this community and what we can achieve when we come together in support of our beloved city.”

The city’s celebration
The Host Committee’s Thank You Party is part of a full weekend of activities that will take place on the newly renovated Public Square and throughout Downtown Cleveland. Festivities will begin on Friday, July 29, at 9 p.m. with the return of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Start Spangled Spectacular Concert to Public Square. The performance will mark the first major activation of the restored space and is emblematic of the future programming that will occur in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

In addition to the Cleveland Orchestra’s performance, many other activities will bring a vibrancy and excitement to the city’s core following the Convention. Events slated to take place that weekend include:
• Friday, July 29:
o VeloSano Bike to Cure Kickoff Party on Mall B, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
o Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
o Cleveland Orchestra Concert on Public Square, 9 p.m.

• Saturday, July 30:
o Rock and Roll Hall of Fame open FREE to the public, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
o Cleveland 2016 Host Committee’s “A Community Thank You Party” on Public Square, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
o Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)

• Sunday, July 31:
o Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:10 p.m.

The Host Committee would like to thank The Cleveland Orchestra, the Group Plan Commission, Cleveland Clinic, RTA, the Cleveland Indians, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their partnership in creating a cohesive and exciting weekend for Clevelanders.

To learn more about the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee or to keep up-to-date on new developments, please visit www.2016cle.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.