CLEVELAND — Four days, a sea of events and one presidential nominee later, the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland came to an official close Thursday night.
For attendees, the traditional dropping of the balloons meant it was time to celebrate their work over the past few days, time to cheer their nominee Donald Trump. Though some divisions clearly exist in the party over his nomination — specifically among some of Sen. Ted Cruz’s supporters — a healthy amount of the party came together to support the New York billionaire.
For the wonderful citizens of Cleveland, it meant the beginnings of a return to normalcy. After a week of their downtown area being dominated by politicians, media and law enforcement, streets and businesses will begin to reopen and life will return to a normal pace.
For law enforcement, it meant it’s time to pack up and go home after doing an incredible job protecting all the attendees and residents of the city, 99.9 percent of the time with a friendly smile on their faces.
And for media, such as myself, it meant it was time to pack up, catch a ride back to the hotel and sleep.
With all the stories though, some may have slipped between the cracks. If you’re looking to get caught up on what you missed at the Republican National Convention, scroll through the stories below. Consider this your one-stop shop to get caught up on everything RNC.
Major events during Republican National Convention
Signs are held by delegates during a musical performance on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
• Anti-Trump movement on Republican National Convention floor quashed
• Arizona pledges all delegates to Donald Trump at Republican National Convention
• Writer behind Melania Trump speech accused of plagiarism offers resignation
• Protesters burn US flag outside Republican National Convention, several arrested
• Sen. Ted Cruz: I can’t endorse Donald Trump after he attacked my family
Important interviews with Arizona, Ohio leaders
Arizona’s Morning News host Jim Sharpe with former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Twitter Photo/@GovBrewer)
• Cleveland Cavaliers CEO: I can see Phoenix hosting a political convention soon
• Jan Brewer: Donald Trump is growing, maturing as Republican presidential nominee
• Gov. Doug Ducey hopes to help deliver Arizona to Donald Trump in November
Silly season at the convention
Comedian Stephen Colbert clowns around on the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
• Settling the important RNC debate: Who has better tacos, Cleveland or Phoenix?
• Queen not kosher with Donald Trump’s use of ‘We Are The Champions’
• Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gets rough wake-up call at Republican Convention
• Stephen Colbert crashes Republican National Convention for ‘Hunger Games’ prank
Go behind the scenes at the RNC
Law enforcement officers are seen through a security fence, as preparations are made for the Republican National Convention, Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
• Take a tour of Radio Row at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland
• Take a walk out of the secure zone at the Republican National Convention
Deeper analysis on the Republican Convention
A man sits outside Quicken Loans Arena before the start of the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)
• Are Arizona’s Republican delegates obligated to vote for Trump? Yes and no
• Sharpe: What happened to the version of Donald Trump I liked?
• Arizona delegates pay thousands to attend the Republican National Convention
• Republican National Convention provides grade-A people-watching, especially media
• Dumping anti-Trump Arizona delegate may have broken GOP rules