John Kerry gets swept into the arms of supporters at the Charlestown Navy Yard after crossing Boston Harbor with 13 of his swift boat crewmates from the Vietnam War on the day before the convention's close.
After an introduction by fellow Vietnam vet and former Georgia senator Max Cleland, an ebullient John Kerry greets a throng of delegates en route to the podium, where he accepted his nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate. "I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," he said to resounding applause.
After hearing the crowd cheer his mantra "Hope is on the way," John Edwards takes daughter Emma, 6, along for the ride as daughter Cate, 22, looks on. Wife Elizabeth had introduced her husband, calling him the "smartest, toughest, sweetest man I know."
Natalie Portman wears her politics proudly in a retro-style John Kerry T-shirt at Boston's Avalon nightclub. Portman was there for the Rock the Vote kickoff party, where she told revelers, including Ben Affleck, Amber Tamblyn and Lauryn Hill, "Let's start a revolution!"
Overlooking a field of supportive signs, Teresa Heinz Kerry – who earlier in the week told a reporter to "shove it" – takes in the crowd at the convention, where she spoke to delegates in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. She talked about her right to be "opinionated": "By now, I hope it will come as no surprise to anyone that I have something to say."
Man-about-Boston Ben Affleck pays tribute to fellow Massachusetts native Sen. Ted Kennedy at Boston's Symphony Hall, where Kennedy conducted the Boston Pops in "The Stars and Stripes Forever." An hour earlier, Kennedy had told delegates: "Our struggle is with the politics of fear and favoritism in our own time, in our own country."
Delegates unite in a solemn candle-lit commemoration for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while in the hushed FleetCenter auditorium, 16-year-old violinist Gabe Lefkowitz played his rendition of "Amazing Grace."
JULY 27 & 28
U2's Bono rocks the house Tuesday in a tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy at Boston's Symphony Hall, while a day later John Mellencamp brings a "Small Town" vibe to the FleetCenter. The convention offered something for everyone: musicians included soul singer Patti LaBelle, RampB's Brian McKnight, hip-hop's Lauryn Hill and more.
OutKast frontman Andre 3000 – who said he has never voted but plans to this November – makes a fan out of a Mississippi delegate. Earlier he told a group of young African-American voters: "(If) you talk about what's
going on in your community, on the mic, every day in the studio, and you
don't vote – that don't make sense."
Vanessa (left) and Alexandra Kerry work the room of young Democrats at the Rock the Vote party. It was a warm-up for their speeches Thursday, where they each introduced their father before he officially accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.