The City of Napa is committed to community respect and inclusivity as cornerstones of its values throughout the year. With the arrival of June, Napa is gearing up to celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth—further affirming the City’s dedication to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all residents and visitors throughout the year. The Napa City Council is set to formally recognize these observances with proclamations at their June 6 council meeting.
“In Napa, we believe that embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity are essential for fostering a thriving and prosperous city,” said Mayor Scott Sedgley. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or identity, feels valued, respected, and included.”
The City of Napa understands that building an inclusive community requires ongoing efforts and a commitment to education and growth. To that end, city staff undergo training and development programs focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion annually. These initiatives empower city employees to create an environment that ensures equitable access to opportunities and resources for all community members.
“Celebrating diversity in our community starts with us,” added City Manager Steve Potter. “Through their commitment to ongoing training and awareness, our staff play a pivotal role in fostering an environment that welcomes each member of our community.”
Pride Month, recognized globally in June, is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and provides an opportunity to unite in solidarity with them. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved Black Americans and serves as a day of reflection and remembrance. The City of Napa is proud to honor the cultural significance of these observances and engage in the education and celebration efforts that make Napa such a special place.
Furthermore, throughout the year, the City recognizes and participates in many events and observances that are of significance to many in our community: Older Americans Month in May, with the Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging; Día de la Familia in July, hosted by the Napa Valley Farmworkers Association; Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15; Native American Heritage Month in November; Christmas Tree Lighting in November, hosted by Downtown Napa; Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration in December, hosted by Chabad Napa Valley; and so many more. Celebrating these important events help to strengthen the fabric of our community.
The City works tirelessly to ensure that all individuals—regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or socio-economic background—feel embraced and empowered through a culture of acceptance and respect. The City aims to create a safe space for residents to celebrate each other, voice their concerns and share local experiences through open community dialogue and public comment.
For more information about the City of Napa's inclusivity initiatives, and the city staff's efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion, please visit www.cityofnapa.org