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For those of us who live and work in Columbia, it’s easy to take all the amazing things the city has to offer for granted. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re taking some time to remember all we have to be thankful for because we live here.

The vibrant atmosphere that comes from having over 25,000 college students in our city every year. And the calm quiet that emerges when they’re gone for breaks.

Slices from opens in a new windowShakespeare’s.

Stages that have been graced by artists ranging from opens in a new windowJohnny Cash to opens in a new windowTony Bennett.

Over 60 opens in a new windowparks to play in, run through, explore or seek a peaceful moment.

opens in a new windowMain Squeeze Smoothies.

opens in a new windowFestivals where you can make new friends or disappear into a sea of strangers.

An opens in a new windowindependent film house that also serves beer.

opens in a new windowFootball Saturdays.

The ability to take our opens in a new windowtaste buds on a world tour just by choosing where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

opens in a new windowShops where you can find a gift that comes from the heart.

You! The visitors who come to Columbia and then share their experiences with others. It allows the story of opens in a new windowColumbia to keep going and going. For that, we say thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!