The GTA Online Independence Day Special – Now Available

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

From Paleto Bay to the Port of Los Santos and everywhere in between, it’s time to celebrate the birthplace of freedom with The Independence Day Special (in association with Ammu-Nation) for Grand Theft Auto Online.

Demonstrate your exceptionalism and own the road from sea to shining sea with two new star spangled rides, the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. And protect your rights the same way our Founding Fathers did with the latest addition to Ammu-Nation's antiques collection, the high-powered Musket... or channel your inner Jack Howitzer with the spectacular Firework Rocket Launcher.

Seven new properties have also been added to the Dynasty 8 rolls, including locations in Paleto Bay and Vinewood Hills that provide plenty of yard space to scorch the grass with your very own Fireworks show. Use up to 12 varieties with different fuse lengths to create a spectacle that would make even the most battle-hardened Republican Space Ranger shed a tear. If you prefer rickety amusements operated by minimum wage teenage workers over incendiary lawn displays, then venture down to Pleasure Pier where you can now ride the Ferris Whale and the Leviathan Roller Coaster.

This limited-time update also features an overabundance of patriotic flare: show off nationalistic pride with a "Made in the U.S.A." t-shirt, a backwoods mullet or let the eagle soar with an animal mask featuring this great nation's most fearsome and majestic creatures.


For the duration of The Independence Day Special seasonal content period, Special Crate Drops will contain 6 different Beer Hats and an exclusive Statue Of Happiness t-shirt. Keep an eye out for messages about Crate Drops in your in-game feed and watch for the plane on the map in the pause menus to find the drop zone.


The Independence Day Special includes 17 new GTA Online Jobs to play. Three New Contact Missions are available from the Start Menu (once you meet the rank requirement you'll receive a phone call from the associated Contact:

Hard Labor (Contact: Gerald, Rank 19, 1-4 Players)
"I’ve got some competition based at a construction site in La Puerta. If the head of the crew had an accident, maybe they won’t be so competitive, you get me? Go to the site, clap the dude, I’ll make it worth your while."

Time to Get Away (Contact: Madrazo, Rank 20, 1-2 Players)
"The cops have my cousin, El Estupido, surrounded. He’s under siege at a farm in Paleto Bay. Two of you get him, and escort him to his chopper at McKenzie Airfield in Grapessed. You’ll be rewarded."

Pickup Sticks (Contact: Madrazo, Rank 21, 1-4 Players)
“I’ve got my hands on one of my rivals’ delivery lists. You’re going to be provided with a helicopter, and you’re going to collect all their product after they drop it off, then I can sell it instead. Bring me the packages, I’ll cut you in.”

There are also 14 new Jobs across various game modes:

Across the Wilderness (Rank 1, 1-8 Players)
Discover the great outdoors like your pioneer ancestors did before you, even if that means killing whoever gets in your way. An off-road point to point Race through the Paleto forest with a large jump.

Americana (Rank 20, 1-8 Players)
You’ve been illegally downloading albums for years, so why not finish off the music industry for good. Skip the ticket line, and parachute into the Vinewood Bowl from 6,000 ft.

Contend: Pyrotechnics (Rank 1, 4-16 Players)
Fight for what really matters at the Vinewood Bowl. The team waving the most flags for freedom at the end gets the award for patriotism. The other teams get deported to the land of bad teeth and worse food.

Falling Fast (Rank 11, 1-8 Players)
Parachute from 4,210 ft. and try to land on the roof of the Burger Shot in Vespucci for 4th of July burgers.

Grand Senora Desert LTS (Rank 19, 2-16 Players)
USA! USA! USA! Only one side can win this desert Last Team Standing, but if you back America you’re sure to pick the winner. Head for the rocks if you want to put on a good fireworks display, and try not to get caught out in the unforgiving open.

GTA: Land of the Free (Rank 1, 4-16 Players)
Every 4th of July party needs red meat, beer, heart disease, and a monster truck. Only there’s just one monster truck, and you’re not going to share it (you’re not French). Four teams with off-road vehicles fight to get the truck, and make their BBQ one to remember.

Guns and Gasoline (Rank 11, 1-8 Players)
Parachute jump for beginners. Starts at 4130 ft., takes in views of the Land Act Dam, and lands between a gun shop and gas station. Kind of perfect.

Mud, Sweat and Gears (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
Fill your cooler with some Logger Lites, grab your hunting rifle, and throw them in the back of your monster truck. It’s time to go back to nature and remember what this nation is all about. Point to point race on dirt roads crossing creeks and going over Mount Josiah.

Panic Attack (Rank 1, 2-16 Players) 
Hot dogs! Get your hotdogs! And by hotdogs we mean bullets to the face. This will be a tailgate party to remember in the Maze Bank Arena parking lot. Explosive Team Deathmatch for up to 16 players.

Raid: Bunker Thrill (Rank 1, 2-16 Players)
It’s a holiday, it’s hot outside, you’re drunk, of course your not-so-historical re-enactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill is going to go “method” and turn into a real battle with real dead bodies. A team with a monster truck try to hold the hill, while another team with a Mesa try to raid the camp.

Road Tripping (Rank 1, 2-12 Players)
Road trips aren’t just three gallon energy drinks, sex with truck drivers, and voiding your bowels on the side of the highway. They’re a great American tradition. Celebrate it with this death match along Route 68 - frantic team skirmish among motor hotels of Southern San An for up to 12 players.

Swamp Monster (Rank 15, 1-8 Players)
America isn’t just a place, it’s an idea. Show nature who’s boss by crushing it under your sixty inch tires, and spewing exhaust in its face. Lap Race for monster trucks in area of natural beauty, but not for much longer, Lago Zancudo.

Tour the Lake (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
From sea to shining sea - appreciate the scuzzy, meth ravaged, recession-beaten beauty of this great nation with a point to point for Sovereign bikes. Starts at the Alamo Sea and ends at the Alamo Sea.

We Have Lift-off (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
The cops watch the roads for drunk drivers every holiday, so keep to the hills with this lap Race on the desert slopes outside Sandy Shores. Use monster trucks for the terrain and for crushing cop cars if they do find you.

This special seasonal content will be available to redeem in-game until Mid-July (we will announce a specific redemption expiration date soon). The automatic update for the Independence Day Special also includes additional game tuning updates and other adjustments, including the new On Call Matchmaking function. This new option allows players to accept a Job invite and continue playing in Freemode until that Job fills up, reducing time spent idle while waiting for a Job to start. For the complete list of all the fixes and tuning updates, visit the Rockstar Support site.

To download the Independence Day Special, fire up your online-connected PS3 or Xbox 360 and start GTAV. You'll be prompted to download the automatic update (1.15) and Xbox 360 players will also be required to download an additional compatibility pack upon entering GTA Online.

And look for details about the upcoming celebratory 4-day Independence Day Weekend Event tomorrow.

  • R* L3 weeks, 1 day agoFlag
    Hey all, great to see you’re enjoying the update.

    As mentioned in the post, all of the new content will be available to purchase in-game until mid-July. Stay tuned for an exact expiration date, which we'll announce soon. For those who are asking, anything you purchase will remain in your inventory after the expiration date. You will be able to use any Fireworks or Firework Launcher ammo still in your inventory after the expiration date, but you will not be able to purchase any additional Fireworks or Firework Launcher ammo after that date. The Firework Launcher will remain in your inventory but you will not be able to select it once you have run out of ammo. Meanwhile, the seven new properties and the ability to ride the Pleasure Pier rides are permanent additions to GTA Online.

    For those with GTA Online wishlists, please send them on over to, where our devs actively read player feedback for consideration.

    Also, for anyone experiencing any sort of technical issues, the place to get help is where your issue likely exists as Support article you can subscribe to for automatic updates. You can also contact the Support Team on Twitter:

    For those asking about the Beer Hats, Special Crate Drops containing Beer Hats are still available in-game and will be until the expiration of all Independence Day Special content.
  • jeanc32113 hours, 4 minutes agoReplyFlag
    when is this going to be over?
    • Cthayes_4816 hours, 16 minutes agoReplyFlag
      It's not mid-July anymore so when is this going to expire?
    • HorseMaskMan1 day, 1 hour agoReplyFlag
      Something this game may or may not need is HORSE. MASKS. They have added so many other animal masks. Why not a horse? :P
      • looseProblemChil1 day, 5 hours agoReplyFlag
        on the next dlc.. I think we should to get to throw party but have spend our money doe.. but we can charge people to come to the party
        More interior and design..... let us get jobs on here...or better yet let us own our own bussiness. .but the catch is that we have to come up with everything ... like blueprints... interior ......basically our own way...let us get our own pets... N buy there food .. open up a supermarket .where we can go grocery shopping.. .. a drop top Bugatti .. let cars on there have own engine...N speed.. high-drawlicks...... let keep 1 or 2 personal car out in the drive like it is on the campaign ...add mansion more then one of them to...
      • DiE_OR_FiGHT1 day, 12 hours agoReplyFlag
        nice dlc
        • JonG12191 day, 14 hours agoReplyFlag
          Every body if ur in need of a crew join cbfl country boys for lif were in need of crew members and if u join this week u will be premoted to representative so join today
          • Nazareth20201 day, 20 hours agoReplyFlag
            Where's all the car people at on xbox
            • stinooo_k_1 day, 23 hours agoReplyFlag
              When do you all think its gonna expire
              • the_DooM_marine_2 days, 1 hour agoReplyFlag
                All I could seem to find were four beer hats. Patriot, Pisswasser, Supa Wet, and Benedict. What happened to the last two hats?
              • smileylds1232 days, 5 hours agoReplyFlag
                Rockstar I hope we get a 80s / Vice City DLC. It would be great to have some of the Vice City cars in my garage. I loved Vice City and i Like the old school cars there Hawian Shirts there suits there hair styles Ect. Please Rockstar lets have a Vice City DLC. And if Lazlow was in gta4 and gta5 then why cant we have the cars the cloths the hair styles and ect. i know you can do this dlc rockstar hopefully for next gen :)

                Thanks Rockstar
                • robotwars72 days, 5 hours agoReplyFlag
                  @smileylds123 yeah, would be cool to purchase a retro Infernus (only car I really remember from VC haven't played for years) but totally agree
                • smileylds1232 days, 3 hours agoReplyFlag
                  @robotwars7 Thanks Rob I remember Robot Wars awesome times :) every sunday afternoons. They should bring out most of them thow. like all of the sports cars and casuial cars and cruiseing cars too.
                • robotwars71 day, 21 hours agoReplyFlag
                  @smileylds123 lol thanks :) I reckon we might see an update like this in the future, Rockstar could certainly pull it off.
                • smileylds1231 day, 17 hours agoReplyFlag
                  @robotwars7 Your welcome. and thats true i dont see why not i mean its possable to make kent paul in gta online we just need a red hawian shirt. and better white trainers where they have a big fat tonge sticking out.
              • SnapGrunt2 days, 11 hours agoReplyFlag
                Can someone help me find the beer hat my Xbox 360 gamertag is SnapGrunt message me if you want to help
                • Goolyble2 days, 21 hours agoReplyFlag
                  R* you need fix the Special Crate Drops spawn to increase there is never a special crate drop only normal ones, I really want the beer hat and I bet everyone else does also..
                  • Be sure to know that R* does not look at one of these comments..
                  • cadiflash3 days, 2 hours agoReplyFlag
                    @Rockstar, please add the Roosevelt to the luxury car webpage permanently. I did not play at all in February, so I lost out on this awesome dlc ride. I would pay a cool million for it! I know adding it back, the vehicle would lose some exclusivity. But you could bring it back at a million bucks and I know I am not the only one that would buy one.
                    • hotbeefsupreme732 days, 18 hours agoReplyFlag
                      @cadiflash It was 750,000 to buy when it was want them to take a limited edition and make it so everyone has one,,, a million is a joke considering we paid 750,000 for it.... your loss!!! don't ask to punish everyone else by making the Roosevelt a non limited edition car....get over the loss.
                    • musicman052 days, 7 hours agoReplyFlag
                      @cadiflash The Roosevelt and other Valentines Day items should be returning next year, for players who didn't get a chance to buy them this year.
                    • robotwars72 days, 6 hours agoReplyFlag
                      @cadiflash your own fault for missing out, soz
                  • BluDude153 days, 3 hours agoReplyFlag
                    When are they going to announce the expiration date? It's already passed the middle of July.
                    • Imtheracer123 days, 16 hours agoReplyFlag
                      gta 5 wish list. i would like to see custom pegasus vehicle customization like planes and helicopters. weapons, i would like to see land mines cross bow, samuria swords,flame thrower,double barrel shot gun, guns on cars. more melee weapons like a tennis racket base balls chain revoler mannsions chevy camaro arena dlc costumes for the halloween dlc and different liverys for the monster truck as well as an arena dlc and a north yankton expantion pack and a snowmobile
                    • Wasserglas453 days, 16 hours agoReplyFlag
                      Rockstar should add a friendly fire switch for crew members.
                      • m.gangsta4 days, 5 hours agoReplyFlag
                        Please Rockstar* put an update for the ''house'' on 4 hangman avenue , why did it get that horrible inside? Seriously we suppose to be able to see the outside FROM the inside! This ''house'' can be so much better.. So please put an update for that type of house.
                      • Freedombird664 days, 8 hours agoReplyFlag
                        This stream is alright & all, but if we have to wait a little longer for the Heists DLC; at least give us an opportunity to create our own or close to it in the creator. You could even do a money cap so we won't camp on it, say $30,000-50,000 per job. Com on, let's put that empty room with the map of Los Santos to use. We could easily create it under Survival mode, lay out the police & some armoured trucks at the bank to create a heist scene. Then have an escape route through town & back to trevors house in the desert or stay alive for an amount of time. And if money being stolen is an issue with people purchasing shark cards; then make it where the amount stolen gets converted to RP points for ranking up. Everyones happy then.
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