Get ready, horse lovers: This week the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be making special appearances in Asbury Park on July 7, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on July 9, and in Seaside Heights on July 10. On Thursday, the horses will depart from Fifth & Ocean Avenues in Asbury Park at 3 p.m. and make their way to City Hall, arriving there at 5 p.m. Local restaurant Cross & Orange is serving up specials all day on Budweiser, of course, as well as wines and blueberry lemonade, and also offering patrons the opportunity to have their photo taken with the iconic animals. On Saturday, the horses will parade around Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport; admission is $5, free for children 12 and under. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first race is at 12:50 p.m. Check the racetrack’s website for more information. Then on Sunday, the horses will be part of a meet and greet event in Seaside Heights from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
These horses have a long history in American culture. According to Budweiser’s website, “The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase ‘crying in your beer’ was officially coined shortly thereafter. No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.”
So Jersey beer and horse fans, now’s your chance to see these animals up close and enjoy a drink while you’re at it.