Situated along the headwaters of the Magnolia River, just recently designated as an “Outstanding Alabama Waterway” by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the beautiful and historic community of Magnolia Springs, AL was developed in 1800 from a Spanish land grant. The water from the many natural springs of the river was declared the “purest known”, providing cures for kidney, uric and similar troubles. Following the War Between the States the river community became a popular destination for families and descendants of many Confederate and even Union soldiers. The town remains the last community with “year-round mail service by boat”.
Every July 4th natives and transplants alike beam with pride and patriotism. Most all residents and some from surrounding areas gather along oak-lined canopied Oak St to celebrate our country’s independence. The festivities begin with a parade that begins each year promptly at 11am, once tauted by CNN as the nation’s smallest Independence Parade. Everyone is welcome to participate. You may see old tractors, bicycles, tricycles, wheelbarrows or even riding lawn mowers.
Residents and their guests are invited to follow the recession to the Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Dept to enjoy hot dogs, refreshments, and even water activities for the kids. The scenic Magnolia River offers a cool respite from the July sun, the Cold Hole being the most popular area for river enjoyment. Alabama Paddlesports can prepare you for most any water activity. Magnolia Springs B&B, just one of many great Alabama bed and breakfast inns, is the best place to take in the parade. Only 9 miles from the Alabama Beaches, we offer a great alternative to Gulf Shores Hotels and Lodging. Remember us when planning your Alabama Beach Vacations.