How Columbia’s flag came to be

Read through the timeline of our city flag.

Columbia, S.C. city flag

Columbia’s current city flag

The flag was designed by Nate Puza

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Last week, we announced Columbia’s inaugural t-shirt design contest and it reminded us that Columbia’s current flag was born out of a design contest. Let’s take a look back to see how our city’s flag came to be.

January 10, 2017

June 26, 2017

  • COLAtoday wrote a conversation that recapped the contest, highlighted the 19 finalists, and shared Soda Citizen’s thoughts on the designs.

July 5, 2017

September 12, 2019

  • COLAtoday recapped the history of our flag and explained why we still had the same design two years after the initial announcement in 2017.
  • Columbia Design League, the Columbia City Council, and former Mayor Steve Benjamin announced a new extended process to adopt a new city flag. Five selected designers were given six weeks to present a design based on the new guidelines.

February 4, 2020

  • After three years, Columbia adopted a new flag that was designed by Nate Puza. The flag represents the three rivers, that our city is a capital city, and showcases the wing imagery.

March 10, 2020

November 16, 2022

  • A six-and-a-half week North American City Flags Tournament started on Twitter — thanks to Brian Stokle — where people could vote on the best flag designs in North America.
  • Out of 80 flags, Columbia’s flag came in second. “Second is the best,” because our flag still had a total of 10,567 votes — taking the top spot for most votes throughout the whole tournament. Talk about some pride in place!

Click here for more information about our flag, its history, and its symbolism.

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