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.

CRATE DROPS

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.

NEW JOBS AVAILABLE TO PLAY

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.

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  • 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 GTAOnline@rocksgtargames.com, where our devs actively read player feedback for consideration.

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

    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.
  • Chadlxon July 9 2016, 4:16amReplyFlag
    Bought a gold membership for this update and now find out it's being discontinued for the last gen. Thanks a lot rockstar you money hoars.
    • 8bert1on July 8 2016, 9:00pmReplyFlag
      When will the firework rocket launcher be available in story mode?
      • walidelmazzaouion July 5 2016, 7:17pmReplyFlag
        Pour souhaiter de bonnes vacances votre communaut old gen vous ne faites pas de DLC.Tout la communaut old gen est due .Cordialement.
        • BraianElGaymeron July 5 2016, 5:11pmReplyFlag
          Hola servicio de RockstarGames vengo a preguntar porque no tengo nada sobre el DLC en ps3?
          • N_THE_BOSSon July 5 2016, 5:01pmReplyFlag
            So this year we gonna have the independents day pack or not ,on ps3?????????
            • nunusdu53on July 5 2016, 2:36pmReplyFlag
              Rockstar sont vraiment nul comme pour tout les dlc qui ya deja eu auparavant saint valentin noel ils ont juste a realiss quelques manipes pour remettre l'ancienne mise a jour de l'anne prcdente et voil nous les joueurs old gen ont est heureux alors faites nous plaisir svp
              • Aman_____90on July 5 2016, 1:57pmReplyFlag
                YA PAS SUR PS3 ROCKSTAR VOUS VRAIMENT DES CHIENS
              • Leonelliquoron July 5 2016, 12:31pmReplyFlag
                su ps3 non ce
                • slickdopeon July 5 2016, 8:18amReplyFlag
                  I have new Gen and I have not gotten the independence update!
                  • milky_careeron July 4 2016, 11:42amReplyFlag
                    Thanks for bringing back Pickup Sticks! That was one of my fave Missions, along with two others that disappeared, (something about docks). And thanks for giving us two new Contact Missions! More of those, please.
                    • jshaba191952on July 4 2016, 5:34amReplyFlag
                      PLZ PUT OLD GEN IN THIS DONT FORGET IT OUT SUM PEOPLE DONT GOT THE MONEY TO GET NEW GEN BUT WE STILL GOT GTA. PLZ THINK ANOUT IT ROCKSTAR
                    • DanielGamerProDJon July 4 2016, 2:41amReplyFlag
                      And the old gen? .-.
                      • legofreak121on July 3 2016, 2:09pmReplyFlag
                        Welp... the least they could do is make it purchasable in the PS3/Xbox 360 store... or just make it permanent like the Valentine's day update! They can do a permanent update for Valentine's but not 4th of July?! Really R*?! I already bought next gen but I'm still stuck playing last gen because I don't have a PC that's powerful enough to enjoy the game and I was REALLY looking forward to putting fireworks on a Titan and jumping over it with a Liberator on my PS3. Overall I give this update because the update is great but once again R* has neglected the players who can't afford to buy a new system just to enjoy the game a little more. (I for one am probably not buying another R* game on console ever again and I'm sure others will do the same. Next time think about ALL of your fans and put an update back on the systems that already had it. I can understand not having the yatchs, mansions, new jobs and even cars and guns, but the fact that one update can come back but another can't, that's going to make me upset enough to leave a review)
                        • sexysausage96on July 3 2016, 3:06pmReplyFlag
                        • i.am.nightshadeon July 3 2016, 5:45pmReplyFlag
                          @sexysausage96 I THINK IT IS BECOUSE OF THE INDEPENDENSE IS MORE HOLY TO THE AMERICANS AND THEY DONT WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO BUY FIREWORK ALL YEAR LONG... UPGRADE!!! IT IS A LOT BETTER BUT EVEN THE NEXT-GEN GAME IS BEGINNING TO BE BROKEN THEY ALMOST DONT CARE TO FIX OUR PC VERSION BUGS EITHER, ONLY ADD EXPENSIVE STUFF AND MAKE SHARK CARD ADDS, NOT FIX THE OLD PROBLEM BEFORE ADD NEW STUFF, SO YOU ON OLD-GEN IS NOT THE ONLY ONES HAVING PROBLEMS WITH RS HELPING PLAYERS, WE DONT GET THINGS FIXED EITHER!!!
                      • szikkancs93on July 3 2016, 10:50amReplyFlag
                        Thank you very much Rockstar Games to left out this from last gen, like everything else...looks like the Rockstar team doesn't really care about players.
                      • der.haifisch234on July 3 2016, 9:24amReplyFlag
                        anyone knows if this dlc items are going to be available for a few days or will they stay permanently like the san valentine dlc?
                      • BOXER_825on July 3 2016, 7:18amReplyFlag
                        Guys it's July 3 why isn't the update on or is it just me please someone help before it's to late BTW it's on ps3.
                        • MRavioli_on July 2 2016, 6:32pmReplyFlag
                          Do we have the change to get the beer hat on independence day update 2016 ??
                          • sexysausage96on July 2 2016, 4:32pmReplyFlag
                            How com it is not working for my Xbox 360
                            • i.am.nightshadeon July 2 2016, 5:57pmReplyFlag
                              @sexysausage96 WHY IS EVERYONE ON LAST GEN ASKING FOR UPDATES! RS DONT DEVELOP OLD GAMES
                            • sexysausage96on July 2 2016, 11:42pmReplyFlag
                              @i.am.nightshade It worked last year
                            • GODZLAon July 3 2016, 6:12amReplyFlag
                              @i.am.nightshade It's not an "update", the content is already in the game, they just have to "switch it on".
                            • szikkancs93on July 3 2016, 10:53amReplyFlag
                              @i.am.nightshade The game is old, only the console is new. They just have to do the same on the ps3-, but rockstargames dont care about players
                            • i.am.nightshadeon July 3 2016, 5:33pmReplyFlag
                              @szikkancs93 I AGREE ON THAT THEY CAN ACTIVATE CLOTHES AND THE CARS AND THE OTHER THINGS IN INDEPENDENS, BUT THE OTHER STUFF IN NEXT-GEN CANT WORK ON OLD CONSOLES BECOUSE THE UPDATES ON NEW CONSOLES HAVE BETTER GRAPHICS, SO IT IS LIKE 2 GAMES, I AM ON PC AND EVERY DETAILS/BUILDING LIGHTS/PEDESTRIANS/WEATHER/EXTRA PROPS ARE NOT THERE ON OLD GEN CONSOLES, WHY WOULD THEY CARE ABOUT OLD CONSOLES, IT IS A DEAD END, TRUST ME THEY HAVE ENOUGHT PROBLEMS WITH BUGS/ERRORS IN GENERAL ON PC TO FIX BEFORE EVEN HAVE TIME FOR DEAD CONSOLES!
                            • i.am.nightshadeon July 3 2016, 5:40pmReplyFlag
                              @szikkancs93 DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENS BETWEEN THE PS3 AND THE PC GAME? DO YOU REALLY THINK IT IS SAME GAME! PC INSTALLATION IS 65.2GB! HOW BIG DO YOU THINK YOUR PS3 COPY IS! SAME GAME YES AND NO! PS3 LESS DETAILS/PC HAVE 10 TIMES MORE DETAILS AND PROPS ON MAP/IN-GAME... THAT MAKES IT SAME GAME BUT AN IMPROVED UPGRADE ON THE GAME THAT MAKE IT A NEW GAME OVER THE OLD, HARD TO EXPLAIN WHEN MY MAIN LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH... I THINK I INCLUDED THE BIG PICTURE THAT ITS NOT REALLY THE SAME GAME...
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