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ORIENTAL, N.C. — It’ll be a busy weekend as the 42nd Annual Croaker Festival begins Friday. It’s part of an all-out blitz of all things related to the Fourth of July in Eastern North Carolina.

Living Local: Oriental and the 42nd Croaker Festival

This festival hosts vendors with homemade jewelry, clothes and many other things. There will also be areas for kids to play and run around.

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On Friday you can come out to Lou Mac Park and enjoy an all-day event, leading into Saturday. Friday there will be the opening ceremonies at 4 p.m., bands playing, judging for the baking contest, a pageant and a street dance.

Fourth of July fireworks, celebrations in ENC

Saturday there will be a parade, with music from the 2DMAW Marine Corps Band, and at the end of the night, there will be fireworks over the waterfront.

For more information, click the video above. Go to the Croaker Festival’s website for additional details.