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Democratic National Convention set to begin Monday in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (WDRB) -- 50,000 people are expected to attend the Democratic National Convention in a city full of rich history.

The iconic Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence.  As delegates arrive in Philly, many will visit historic sites that shaped the United States.

Hundreds of delegates will be visiting Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

"It's my first convention. I've followed politics my whole life, I've watched conventions before, the big hats, the signs and the speeches and what not, but in terms of what I expect out of this, I'm kind of going into this with open eyes," Kentucky delegate Kyle West said. 

Delegates from Louisville and Southern Indiana are excited for a week of big name politicians, speakers, celebrities and a rallying of the Democratic Party.

66 Kentucky Delegates, and 99 Indiana delegates, including super delegates and alternates will pack the arena. 

Crews are still getting the venue ready, as it officially opens on Monday.

"If we are always okay with the status quo we are not growing as a party so I think what we are seeing right now is growing pains," Kentucky delegate Maria Kupper said. 

While Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee, there is a grass roots effort for Senator Bernie Sanders.

"It's going to be an interesting convention that's for sure. The strength of Bernie's campaign going in, the challenge to Hillary I think is something nobody could have predicted," Kentucky delegate Evan Westphal said.

"I don't know if there will be strong unity. It seems that there is a lot of people with the Bernie or Bust movement that are wanting to split away from the democratic party completely and going and backing the green party so i don't know uniting them with Hillary, that's going to be a bit difficult," Kentucky delegate Jacob Drake said.

When asked what the Democratic party can do to become more unified, Indiana delegate Dustin White says it's a big question from the national to the local level.

"First thing being inclusive, everybody has interest in being a part, but the party has to be open to letting them in," White said.

In a city wrapped in history, democratic delegates are hoping to make their own history at the convention where the balloons will fall on Thursday. 

That's when Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for president, which will put her against Republican Donald trump in the November general election. 

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