'GTA Online' Summer Update: Independence Day Special Celebrates 4th Of July In True San Andreas Style With Fireworks, Guns And Eagles

By Steve Buja , Updated Jul 01, 2014 08:30 AM EDT

Life, liberty, the pursuit of the next big score, creating endless mayhem and doing sick flips in your car. It's the American Dream by way of Grand Theft Auto V. Just in time for the most American of holidays (sorry, St. Patrick's Day) the fine folks at Rockstar are pleased to introduce the Independence Day Special (in Association With Ammu-Nation) for Grand Theft Auto Online.

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One doubts that beer and burgers will be the only thing on the menu. "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."

A bunch of new properties have been added with the hopes that you will use them for "your own personal fireworks show." Rockstar has introduced 12 varieties of fireworks that you can use to create your very own display, which we hope you will record so we can see. But if fireworks aren't your thing, and "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."

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And for the more cosmetic players, Eagle masks ('murica!), backwards mullets and good ol boy stars and stripes t-shirts are sure to make our forefathers roll over in their graves.

All of this will be available and redeemable until mid-July. The exact specifics of when the ahem, Sindependence Day celebration will end. Additionally, the patch includes an update to the On Call Matchmaking system. Now as you queue for a Job, you will no longer be stuck waiting in the load screen while the game finds other players. Players in line will be able to roam around in Freemode until all the rolls have been filled.

The update will download automatically. All you have to do is click 'yes'. Do it. Do it for America. It's your god given duty as a citizen.

A special four day July 4 weekend event will be announced soon. Stay tuned to GameNGuide for the details!

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