The GTA Online Independence Day Special – Now Available

Posted on July 1 2014, 6:20am | 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* Lon July 1 2014, 4:17pmFlag
    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.
  • johnemacjohnon May 15 2016, 1:49pmReplyFlag
    Independence Day Update 2016 Please do it again
    • bluntsnburritoson July 8 2015, 7:27amReplyFlag
      I would love to see more survival maps.
      • PizzaDelivery13on July 7 2015, 9:50pmReplyFlag
        • DJJOSEPHFXon July 6 2015, 3:02pmReplyFlag
          Please add the option to get more than 3 properties and more lights for the front car lights, and thanks for making such a great game.
          • TheSmokyCactuson July 6 2015, 3:49amReplyFlag
            Where are the beer hats??!
            • moneymanstaxon July 5 2015, 6:25amReplyFlag
              when do the 7 new properties come out???

              • Sabawoon01on July 5 2015, 5:53amReplyFlag
                I really wanna buy more than 3 properties
              • Mikodonnoon July 4 2015, 11:16pmReplyFlag
                Why do u have to get rid of Fire Launcher Ammo what's the reason. If I buy it why can't I keep and reload ammo it kind of dumb to buy than. Can u still reload musket. Where are the fireworks. Why does rockstar take away things that aren't harmful to gta online.
                • silverghost12321on July 4 2015, 7:54pmReplyFlag
                  I can't seem to find the fireworks in the Ammu-nation why is that? I need them I am going to have a party on gta online and i need the fire work display.
                  • Wunschpunsch2on July 4 2015, 4:58pmReplyFlag
                    Dear creators of this masterpiece(GTA 5) please add the ability to throw weapons forever. in connection with the problem of choosing a specific weapon. I think everyone will agree with me. Threw not need guns, after reboot appear.
                    Who supports, join the comment!
                    Thank you for your attention!
                    • JodokusFlaxon July 4 2015, 2:24pmReplyFlag
                      Happy Idependence Day - Nice DLC!

                      I was trying to send u my wishlist via email but I allways get this message:
                      "This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
                      Delivery to the following recipients failed.

                      Please do not delete my message on Idependence Day it´s not offtopic...

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

                      My WISHLIST without herbs..
                      1. I would like to buy more then 3 properties.
                      2. I would like to store more cars.
                      3. I would like to store FIB and Policecars.
                      4. Destruction Derby, Poker and Snooker!
                      5. The Jetpack..
                      6. Purchasable Mansions (with heliports)
                      7. Space Docker and the Duke O Death..
                      8. More Internal spaces for buildings!
                      9. Skateparks without Skateboards..? Skateboards!
                      10. Flyable UFO´s (;
                      11. Alien and duck masks!
                      12. golden teeth.
                      13. More MUSIC and custom radiostations for consoles
                      14. Animals and pets ( dogs, cats..)
                      15. The Stungun..
                      16. More cars.
                      17. Solarplanes and gyrocopters?!
                      18. Driveable farm tractors ?!?
                      19. Open borders to Las Venturas and San Fierro.

                      A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL YA!
                      pleas excuse my poor english
                      • JACKALMEon July 4 2015, 11:11amReplyFlag
                        I agree on the hair style longer, more garages and keep going with more awesome missions and we're more than what you could errands and a necklace together !@jOdokusFlax
                        • The_ianison July 4 2015, 6:44amReplyFlag
                          I will need to unlock the musket libertador ect ??
                          • Yourilol2002on July 4 2015, 5:43amReplyFlag
                            Can r* give old gen the next gen cars like the dukes.
                            • Z0MG_H4Xon July 3 2015, 7:02pmReplyFlag
                              ITS COMING BACK, YES!!! I was so mad that I lost the chance of buying the musket, but now its coming back!
                              • Penguin_man_75on July 3 2015, 1:35pmReplyFlag
                                If someone can help me I can't find the beer hats in the special crates and the fireworks that you put on the ground
                                • CrispyChipZz_on July 3 2015, 7:14amReplyFlag
                                  How come the beer bootle hats aren't in special crates
                                  • Okslayyehon July 2 2015, 2:31amReplyFlag
                                    Where do you get the beer hats? Special Crates?
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