Southern Connecticut’s premiere shoreline event opens on Friday.

Sailfest 2018 on New London’s waterfront will showcase amusement rides, food, and music.

A huge fireworks display will be held on the waterfront on Saturday night.

"The highlight is the fireworks, I'm very excited to see the fireworks," said Giselle Malloy of Groton.

More than 200 vendors will lineup downtown too through Sunday.

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging boaters, especially smaller crafts, to be careful on the Thames River during the event.

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"They got so much to offer. They close down the streets, everybody comes out, fills the place, beautiful," said Louis Lambert.

They are also reminding boaters there will be a safety zone enforced during the fireworks display Saturday night.

There will be a 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

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