The Democractic National Convention is serving as more than just a political event; it's also serving as a once in a lifetime educational experience.
As the DNC kicks off this week, thousands of people, including families, are planning to attend the events in downtown Charlotte.
"It's a good educational experience," said visitor Sam McNeil. "They (my family) can see something that the city has never experienced."
In addition to learning more about government, McNeil said it's also a time for his family to see the way media works.
"They (my family) can see a lot of media and others that they would otherwise not get to see if we didn't come down here," McNeil added. "It's just a good experience for them."
Monday's activities include CarolinaFest, a family-friendly Labor Day festival.
Throughout the week well-known politicians and celebrities are expected to speak. President Barack Obama will accept his nomination on Thursday evening, according to the convention schedule.We have a team on the ground in Charlotte bring you the latest news and information from the 2012 Democratic National Convention.