Americans prepared for a scaled-back Fourth of July celebration, with many events canceled and officials urging people to take extra precautions as the U.S. recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for a third consecutive day.

With infections and hospitalizations rising across wide swaths of the U.S., the holiday—which typically draws big crowds to beaches, daylong barbecues, concerts, parades and evening fireworks displays—has sparked worry for many public officials. More states have mandated mask-wearing in recent…

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